For 19 years Clinicas De Salud Del Pueblo had the same director, Louis Lerma, who guided the nonprofit health care agency through years of growth. Under his leadership the agency saw its budget rise from $2 million to $15 million and clinics spread to different corners of the Desert Southwest.
Now Lerma and Clinicas are parting ways. Lerma has opted to resign as some members — reportedly not the majority — of the Clinicas board have asked him to step down. The truth is dissension about Lerma's tenure as Clinicas boss goes back years.
That aside, few agencies in the Valley have the kind of impact that Clinicas does based on the number of services it provides, the number of clinics it has and the number of patients it cares for per year. A lot of people depend on Clinicas for their medical services so we hope the agency remains strong.