HealthLinc announces the appointment of Dr. Carl Toren as Chief Medical Officer.   Dr. Toren will be responsible for guiding the medical direction of HealthLinc and its providers.  Since April 2016, he has been the site medical director at the East Chicago HealthLinc office, and for the past two months, has been serving as interim Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Toren has an A.B. from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, a M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Illinois, and a M.P.H. from the University of Illinois School of Public Health in Chicago, Illinois.  He completed his Pediatric Residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, and has extensive experience helping the underserved in the Chicagoland area.

He is also the Medical Director for Maryville Children’s Healthcare Center, Medical Consultant to the City of Chicago’s Head Start Program, and served for over 3 years as a medical missionary in a rural hospital in western Ethiopia that he has continued to visit on a regular basis for the past 30 years.  In addition to his responsibilities as Chief Medical Officer, he will also remain as site director for the East Chicago HealthLinc office.

“After an extensive, nation-wide search it was Dr. Toren who stood out as the most qualified candidate,” states Beth Wrobel, Chief Executive Officer.  “He has been an asset in East Chicago, bringing a wealth of experience to the patients and community.  We are thrilled that he has agreed to serve as Chief Medical Officer for HealthLinc.”

For more information about HealthLinc contact Jodie Wexelberg at (888) 580-1060 ext. 2627 or [email protected].

HealthLinc, Inc. ( is a not-for-profit Federally Qualified Health Center that provides primary medical, dental, and behavioral health services to people of all ages regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. HealthLinc clinics are located in Valparaiso, Valparaiso Porter-Starke Services, Michigan City, Knox, Mishawaka, South Bend, and East Chicago, and accept Medicare, Medicaid, Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), some commercial insurance plans, and uninsured patients on a sliding-fee scale based on their income.