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Executive Leadership

Meet the individuals who lead our organization and teams on our journey to deliver quality patient-centered care.

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Richard K. Panek, ACMPE
Chief Executive Officer

Richard Panek is the CEO of State of Franklin Healthcare Associates, a physician owned and operated group practice of 159 providers and over 700 team members. SoFHA represents twelve primary care practices with a population of more than 112,000 unique patients who generate approximately 400,000 patient visits each year. Richard began his career with SoFHA in 1997 as the CEO of UniPhy Health Care, Inc., and Administrator of State of Franklin Healthcare Associates, PLLC. In 2008, Richard was named the CEO/Administrator of SoFHA independent of Symbion (UniPhy). He graduated from State University of New York, Cortland, New York in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science. He received a Masters of Health Services Administration from George Washington University in 1983, and certification as a Certified Medical Practice Executive by the American College of Medicine Practice Executives in 1999.

LEADERSHIP Dan Bragg 906X1098

Dan Bragg, CPA, CMPE
Chief Operating Officer

Dan Bragg is the Chief Operating Officer for State of Franklin Healthcare Associates. He is a lifelong resident of Johnson City and has worked in healthcare administration locally for almost 20 years. Dan is responsible for all operational areas of the organization including 33 clinical locations, Physician Recruitment and Business Development.  Dan is a Certified Public Accountant; graduating from East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1994. He was recognized as a Certified Medical Practice Executive by the American College of Medical Practice Executives in 2013.

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Matt Wilhjelm, MBA
Chief Financial Officer

Matt Wilhjelm is the Chief Financial Officer for State of Franklin Healthcare Associates. Spending most of his life in Johnson City, he joined SOFHA in 2020 after serving over 15 years in executive financial roles for other organizations in East Tennessee. Matt earned his MBA (’04) and BBA (’01) in Finance from East Tennessee State University where he also quarterbacked for the Bucs from 1997-2001. In addition to the financial operations of the organization, Matt is responsible for Supply Chain and Real Estate operations for SOFHA. Together he and his wife, Karen, have six children and are active in several organizations in the community,

LEADERSHIP Amanda Clear 906X1098

Amanda Clear, MHA
Chief of Payer Relations and Value Contracting

Amanda Clear is the Chief of Payer Relations and Value Contracting for State of Franklin Healthcare Associates. She has over 25 years of healthcare experience locally. She began her career with State of Franklin Healthcare Associates in 2003 as Director of Business Services. In this role, she was in charge of the revenue cycle management and payer contracting. As Chief of Payer Relations and Value Contracting, Amanda continues her responsibility for payer contracting and assumed accountability for strategic development and administrative support of team-based care of patients with the Quality Improvement Team supporting over 60,000 patients. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Milligan College, a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Walden University. She is also a Certified Professional Coder. Amanda is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Academy of Professional Coders.

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