BY SUE ERWIN – Hilja Bilodeau has recently taken over the position of Chief Executive Officer at Boca Grande Health Clinic. She officially started the job on August 1, and has been working with former CEO Jon Sielert to ensure the transition is a smooth one.
“John has been so gracious to work with, it really is a blessing that I’m able to spend this time getting acquainted with the facility and the community,” Bilodeau said.
Sielert will be retiring on October 1, 2016.
Bilodeau comes to the clinic with a long and distinguished healthcare career beginning with her training and clinical work as a registered nurse at Brigham & Women’s Hospital to her most recent executive position with Harbor Medical Associates in Weymouth, Mass.
“I was a senior vice president for a mid-size physician group for 19 years in a suburb of Boston. It was a wonderful place and I loved my job,” Bilodeau said.
In her last role she was directly responsible for the management of clinical operations for a multispecialty clinic, an AAAHC-accredited endoscopy center, an IAC-certified vein center and an urgent care center. She was instrumental in growing the practice from 15 to 75 physicians and from two locations to eight.
As the new CEO, Bilodeau is excited to assume the leadership of the Boca Grande Health Clinic. She looks forward to working with the clinic staff who are committed to providing exceptional healthcare to the community.
Bilodeau and her husband, Paul, have a home in Cohasset, MA. They purchased property in Rotonda West several years ago and had a house built with plans to eventually retire here.
Paul is a fire captain and is planning to retire in October, so Hilja explained to her employer that she was planning to retire as well.
But she admits she wasn’t ready to stop working entirely.
She had a conversation with a colleague one afternoon and learned about the CEO vacancy at Boca Grande Health Clinic.
“I immediately called to inquire about the position and came down for the interview and the stars just aligned,” she said. “I couldn’t be happier. The community and staff have been so welcoming and the physicians are high caliber. They provide exceptional competency and quality of care. They’ll come in at 3 a.m. to see a patient with stomach pains or see a sick child.”
After becoming a nurse and working in the field for many years, she realized there was more she could do to help the broader aspects of healthcare. That’s what led her to pursue an administrative role. She went back to school and took business classes in health care reform and accepted a position with Blue Cross & Blue Shield.
“As a nurse I’ve always been an advocate for patients getting the quality care they deserve,” she said.
Bilodeau added that she knew Boca Grande was the right move at this point in her career.
“When I spoke with the physicians and staff about the quality of care they strive to achieve, I knew it would be a good fit. Plus, we’re avid boaters and golfers so this move is really perfect for us,” she said.