Former Governor of Kentucky and Director and CMO of Fletcher Group, Inc.
Fletcher Group, Inc.
Dr. Ernie Fletcher has worked in the healthcare field most of his adult life. Even during his political service, his focus was on healthcare policy and providing expanded public health and treatment and recovery for those suffering from substance use disorder (SUD). His leadership in healthcare is built upon his commitment to serve others. It began early in his life when he served as an Air Force fighter pilot, and then as a family practice physician in Lexington, Kentucky for more than a decade, including serving two years as CEO of the Saint Joseph Medical Foundation before he left to serve in the US Congress.
He also served as a Senior Medical Advisor and the acting Chief Health Officer for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia where he, working with the Principal Deputy Director, Anne Schuchat, established the CDC Health and Well-being Counsel.
Until recently, Dr. Fletcher has served as the CEO of Alton Healthcare, LLC, a company that focuses on healthcare IT innovation, wellness, prevention and lifestyle diseases. Alton healthcare provided practice management for multiple primary care and specialty practices and hospital systems including Emory Healthcare.
Ernie and his wife, Glenna, founded the not-for-profit, Fletcher Group to increase evidenced-base recovery capacity and access. This was born of his work while as Governor, where he established Recovery Kentucky to expand a proven model of recovery housing. Combining blended funding from HUD, Kentucky Housing Corporation, HHS, USDA, Community Development funds and the Department of Corrections, he established the funding model which now supports 18 centers across rural and urban Kentucky. For the last seven years, program outcomes have been tracked by the University of Kentucky Center for Drug and Alcohol Research showing outcomes that match or exceed other recovery housing programs.
Ernie served three terms (from 1998-2003) as a United States Congressman for Kentucky’s 6th District, before serving as Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky from 2003-2007.
Thursday, April 25
11:15 AM – 12:30 PM