NeighborHealth Center is excited to announce that Daniel Lipparelli has been named chief executive officer (CEO) for the faith-based safety-net healthcare organization committed to serving the healthcare needs of the underserved. Lipparelli will officially join the NeighborHealth team on January 18, 2022, after a months-long national search for the ideal candidate to lead the organization through its next phase of continued growth and expansion.
Lipparelli is a proven leader with 15+ years of experience in non-profit and healthcare leadership, coming most recently from Chaplaincy Health Care, a specialty health center located in Eastern Washington state focused on end-of-life outreach programs. His prior experience includes serving as the Executive Director of the Edith Bishel Center for the Blind in Kennewick, WA, and serving as founder and Executive Director of Transformed International in Kenya, Africa, where he spent over eight years working with local communities on providing food, education, and shelter for over 500 children, orphans, and at-risk teen mothers. Lipparelli serves on the Board of Directors for ReAct Kenya and as a volunteer advisor for Rehema for Kids, a Washington-based non-profit meeting the needs of children in Kenya. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work from the University of Nevada in Reno and is pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree.
“NeighborHealth was seeking a servant leader for the role of CEO who could continue the faithful work of our founder, Susanne Berger, and inaugural CEO, Sue Ellen Thompson, in leading the growth of our incredible mission,” relate NeighborHealth Board co-chairs Kelly Fuller and Sam Bass. “We are so fortunate to have found Daniel, whose perfect combination of vision, leadership, and passion will allow us to take what God has given us and continue to grow it to meet the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors.”
As NeighborHealth’s next CEO, Lipparelli is charged with developing and executing a comprehensive strategy for continued growth and thoughtful evolution that will allow the organization to keep pace with the immense growth of the Wake County area. Since opening its doors in 2018, NeighborHealth has provided much-needed care and services to more than 6,000 patients throughout our community, seeing a 42 percent increase in patients, year over year. He will oversee the organization’s growth strategy, which will be focused on serving more patients, expanding service sites, establishing new healthcare partnerships, and enhancing community awareness for NeighborHealth’s mission and services.
Daniel, his wife, and son recently relocated to the area and are quickly getting to know Raleigh, its communities and residents.
“I believe very strongly in providing accessible healthcare to all and in the mission of NeighborHealth Center. After my passion for the Lord, I love people and serving others through the gifts God has given me. Healthcare has played a valuable part in almost every organization I’ve served over the past 20 years. I am truly humbled and honored by the opportunity to lead NeighborHealth Center during this next season of growth.” -Daniel Lipparelli
He follows the inspirational leadership of late Board Chair and co-founder Susanne Berger and becomes the third CEO of NeighborHealth, following in the footsteps of founding CEO Sue Ellen Thompson, who recently retired, and interim CEO Larry Chewning, who will remain on the Board following Lipparelli’s appointment.