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Florence Reeves

As a nurse and military wife, Florence cared for patients in four states before coming to Tacoma. In 1980, the three Community Health Care Delivery System clinics were brought under the auspices of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. The primary administrator job was posted and Florence, a public health nurse/team manager with the Health Department, applied, knowing there would be a huge learning curve, along with more than 100 other applicants. Florence was hired and would begin the tough job of managing this complex organization for nearly 15 years. She was responsible for hiring the first paid medical staff and overseeing a tremendous amount of change and growth.

Through Florence’s hard work and diligence, Community Health Care had the only HIV care program in Pierce County. She started the first comprehensive maternity care unit for mothers-to-be who could not otherwise afford care. Florence learned to write and administer grants, enabling her to increase Community Health Care’s grant income by 3000% in 3 years.

After leaving Community Health Care, Florence worked for the state in several capacities, including Manager of DSHS – Women’s Treatment Services, Chemical Dependency and the Mental Health Administrator for McNeil Island. She also won the Nathan Davis Award for outstanding government service.