Audrey Simons, CEO
As CEO of the San Fernando Community Health Center (SFCHC) since 2013, Audrey Simons has spearheaded the organization’s transition from a community hospital to a state-of-the-art Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides a full complement of medical, dental, behavioral health and education services for the entire community, with an emphasis on the most vulnerable and chronically underserved.
Under Simons’ leadership, SFCHC has experienced unprecedented growth – with a 284% growth factor from 2016-2019 – as it continues to remain true to its nearly century-long legacy as a treasured health resource by enhancing community access to high-quality primary care services. Major projects completed in the last several years include building out the SFCHC Primary Care Center, expanding the Dental Clinic and opening a satellite clinic in Mission Hills.
Prior to joining SFCHC, Simons served as Administrator of Community Benefits/Grants for the San Fernando Campus of Mission Community Hospital for 10 years. In that position, she was responsible for all community benefits programs and oversight of capital projects, plus wrote and administered grants.
Simons is actively involved in several community/civic organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors for the Valley Cares Community Consortium. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene from Loma Linda University and a Master of Science degree in health administration from California State University, Northridge. Simons practiced as a Registered Dental Hygienist in the San Fernando Valley for nearly 30 years.
Heidi Lennartz, COO
San Fernando Community Health Center (SFCHC) COO Heidi Lennartz – a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with more than 35 years of management experience in both medical and psychiatric healthcare settings – joined the center in August 2018. She approaches her work with a focus on the biopsychosocial perspective, whether managing operations or clinical issues.
Lennartz plays a key role in implementing initiatives that support SFCHC’s growth as a trusted, patient-centered healthcare home for equitable whole person care. One key initiative, a diabetes remote patient monitoring pilot program launched in February 2021, addresses the optimization of telehealth capabilities to equalize healthcare access and delivery for those with chronic conditions and most at risk.
Prior to joining SFCHC, Lennartz served as Associate Administrator at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. Her previous experience also includes serving as CEO and as Director of Behavioral Health at Mission Community Hospital, and as Director of Case Management at USC University Hospital/Keck Medical Center. In addition, she performed work with Midway Hospital’s Immune Suppression Unit (AIDS).
Lennartz earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, Northridge, a Master of Social Work degree (public administration) from the University of Southern California, and received her Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives® (FACHE) certification in 2015. She has served on several community and healthcare organization Boards of Directors, and currently sits on the board of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of the San Fernando Valley (NCADD-SFV).