Chota Welcomes New CEO


Following a nationwide search the Board of Directors of Chota Community Health Service announced a change in leadership with Puspa Das as the new Chief Executive Officer who assumed the role on July 2, 2012.

Das has over 22 years of clinical and administrative experience in health care and non-profit organizations, including seven years as executive director of Community Health Care Centers.  She holds a Bachelor of Law and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Calcutta. She also graduated with a Masters of Social Work from Temple University.

Das comes to Monroe County from Houston, Texas, where she was the Director of Community Health Programs for the Harris County Hospital District.

Dr. Joel Burroughs has also accepted the position as Chota’s medical director.

Dr. Burroughs previously worked with St. Paul Family Practice and Christiansburg Family Practice in Virginia; and the Good Samaritan Clinic in Maryville.

He received his Medical Degree at the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University.  His residency was with Carilion Health System in Roanoke; and he earned a BS in Biology at King College.  Dr. Burroughs and his wife have three children and enjoy living in East Tennessee.

Chota has been a Non-Profit Federally-Qualified Community Health Center since 2005; and has a Board of Directors comprised of patients and community leaders who welcome your input and questions.

Chota Community Health Services has three convenient sites in Madisonville, Vonore, and Tellico Plains and offers preventive and comprehensive, affordable, high quality healthcare to all residents of Monroe County regardless of economic or insurance status. Chota accepts most types of insurance and offers a sliding fee program based on family size and income to people who do not have health insurance.



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