Hintzman named new director of Purdue-partnered North Central Nursing Clinics

Kevin Hintzman

Kevin Hintzman

Written by: Tim Brouk, tbrouk@purdue.edu

With several years’ experience in Greater Lafayette healthcare system leadership, Kevin Hintzman will become the new executive director of the North Central Nursing Clinics (NCNC), which offers Purdue University School of Nursing-affiliated healthcare facilities in Carroll and White counties.

A 2005 Purdue Department of Psychological Sciences alumnus who also earned a Purdue degree in law and society, Hintzman will start Monday, Nov. 8, with the goal of providing high-quality care for rural populations with expansion in mind.

“I really feel like this clinic is poised to grow,” said Hintzman, who also earned an MBA from Western Governors University. “I certainly have ideas of particular communities where there had been healthcare previously but now there is not. I’m very interested in figuring out how we can serve the previously served and now underserved areas.”

Raised in Reynolds, Indiana, a short drive south on state Road 43 from the Family Health Clinic of Monon, Hintzman is familiar with the geographical challenges of rural healthcare. Patients who live in remote areas or have transportation issues heavily rely on small community clinics like NCNC’s four sites — Monon, Burlington, Wolcott and Delphi.

As executive director, Hintzman will lead day-to-day operations, recommend policy and procedure to the community-based board of directors, and serve as the public liaison to Purdue and the community.

Hintzman will finish his time with the Franciscan Physician Network as operations director, concentrating on the health system’s OB-GYN and maternal fetal medicine and genetics practices in Lafayette, Crawfordsville and Rensselaer. There, he planned and maintained an operating budget of more than $15 million, ensuring safe care through the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to that position, Hintzman was a practice manager at IU Health. Based in Lafayette, he managed 80 clinical staff and 25 physicians in primary, specialty and surgical clinics.

Before his years in the healthcare administration field, Hintzman worked as a family case manager supervisor for the Indiana Department of Child Services. He experienced families in crisis, which can occur at primary care clinics like the North Central Nursing Clinics.

Hintzman takes over for the retired Jim Layman, who served as executive director since the NCNC was given Federal Qualified Health Center status in 2009. Layman had inherited two clinics – Monon and Delphi — and only about 10 employees a dozen years ago. Both sites were “in the red.” Today, the number of sites has doubled and the staff now number more than 70. The budgets are healthier, and the clinics are on the precipice of more growth.

Purdue nursing students helped with that growth of rural healthcare reach, bolstering the ranks while gaining hands-on clinical experience through job shadowing or preceptorships. This will continue when Hintzman takes over leadership.

“The North Central Nursing Clinics were built upon these relationships with the Purdue School of Nursing,” he said. “There’s a long history there, and I’m very excited to make those connections.”