WORCESTER — Stephen Kerrigan embraces challenges.
Kerrigan became president and CEO of the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in July 2019, and since then, and especially over the last seven months, the center has faced challenges, obstacles and changes, but also taken pride in the way it has continued to provide quality health care to its 29,000 patients throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
“Has the last year had some challenges?” Kerrigan, who grew up in Lancaster and graduated from St. John’s High in 1989, said. “Sure, but as I say all the time to folks, ‘Challenges are just opportunities to do things a little differently.’”
In the United States, 1,400 community health centers provide affordable care for almost 30 million people at 12,000 sites. In Massachusetts, more than 1 million residents rely on community health centers as their primary care providers. The Kennedy Community Health Center, which was founded as