County Health Center Loses Three High-Ranking Officials in Shocking Resignations: What this means for services for patients.

Community Health Leader in Multnomah County Steps Down in Less Than a Year

Darnell “DJ” Rhodes, who was appointed as the executive director of Multnomah County’s community health center in April 2023, has resigned from his position after just over a year. Rhodes was earning $273,000 annually and had faced challenges shortly after starting in his role. He was placed on paid administrative leave in October and later revealed that he had experienced discrimination as a Black leader within the organization. Despite returning from leave in January, Rhodes ultimately chose to resign.

Rhodes’ departure was one of three recent resignations within the health center system. Jeff Perry, the chief financial officer, and Bernadette Thomas, the medical director, also stepped down. According to Serena Cruz, the county’s chief operating officer, these departures were unrelated to Rhodes’ resignation. Neither Rhodes nor county officials have provided further comments on the matter.

The impact of these recent resignations on the health center and its operations remains to be seen. It is unclear how these departures will affect services for patients at the eight primary care health centers, seven dental clinics, seven pharmacies, and nine student health centers within the county. The Oregonian/OregonLive reached out to both parties for additional information but did not receive a response. For more news and updates on this story as it develops, continue to support OregonLive by subscribing to stay informed.

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