Daniel Fulwiler



President and CEO

Esperanza Health Centers


Daniel Fulwiler, President and CEO, Esperanza Health Centers, has dedicated his career of over 25 years to improving health care for the underserved. Through unstinting focus on changing systems to meet the needs of patients, he has pushed forward an agenda of delivering the highest quality care to those who struggle with the greatest inequities of the American healthcare system.

Dan became the CEO of Esperanza Health Centers in May of 2008, and has since grown the organization from a single site with a budget of $3.7 million a year, to three sites investing $19.7 million each year in improving the health of Chicago’s Southwest Side communities. Under Dan’s leadership, Esperanza has become one of the highest quality community health centers in the United States, earning the Bureau of Primary Health Care’s National Quality Leader award for the past two years.

Dan has placed Esperanza on the forefront of the move towards value-based healthcare, as one of the founding member-owners of MHN ACO, one of the most successful Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations in the country. Dan currently serves as Chairman of the organization’s Board of Managers.

Dan holds a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University, and a Master’s in English from the University of Toronto. He has served on the boards of several non-profits, including the Illinois Primary Health Care Association, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, the Medical Home Network ACO, AIDS Legal Council of Chicago, and Bella Voce. He speaks fluent Spanish.

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