Press release from Open Door Community Health Centers:

ARCATA, CA – Open Door Community Health Centers is delighted to announce that Tory Starr has been named Chief Executive Officer of the organization effective January 7, 2020. 


Mr. Starr joins Open Door with over 35 years of leadership experience delivering healthcare in a wide variety of settings. He has specialized in care coordination, clinical effectiveness, and performance improvement in a number of large, integrated healthcare systems.

Mr. Starr returns home to the North Coast after spending the last eight years in senior leadership roles in the safety net system in Alameda County and in the Sacramento Valley region, where Mr. Starr was Vice President of Care Management for Sutter Health. 

Mr. Starr holds bachelor and masters of science degrees in Nursing. He is an alumnus of Humboldt State and Walden universities. He is also a fellow of the California Health Care Foundation Leadership Program.

After graduating from HSU, Mr. Starr became a home health nurse across Humboldt and Del Norte counties, giving him an understanding of the challenges of serving a rural community. Since then, he has gained extensive experience working on behalf of vulnerable populations. Professionally, Mr. Starr has focused on organizational/systems development and change management, helping his organizations to successfully navigate the challenges of health care reform and transition.

In accepting the position, Mr. Starr stated to the board, “This is truly my dream job. Being able to return to my home and community, while engaging in the most meaningful and impactful work possible is a unique and wonderful gift for any leader. Now is the perfect time to return home and continue to serve my community in a deep and committed manner.”

Mr. Starr is devoted to community health and believes that culture, service, and operational excellence are key to providing high-quality care to the underserved; he emphasizes the importance of the team members who provide that care. Mr. Starr is committed to improving the total health and wellness of the communities served by Open Door Community Health Centers. Further, he says his role as CEO is to support each team member to realize Open Door’s mission to deliver high-quality, accessible primary and preventive health care in the community.

Please join us in welcoming Mr. Starr to Open Door and back into our community.

Mr. Starr is joined in Humboldt by his wife Wendy; three of their children (and one grandchild) live in Humboldt County.