Patricia Hughes


Patricia Hughes


Patricia Hughes is the CEO of Essential HealthCare Solutions (EHS).  Patricia has dedicated her life to helping others.  She has served as a healthcare executive for over 30years with comprehensive achievements in diverse settings.  With a  strong drive to exceed and overcome difficult barriers, she demonstrated great leadership and success throughout her career.   It was a combination of her spiritual upbringing, childhood trauma, and her father’s illness that led her to a lifelong dedication to giving to those less fortunate and improving healthcare through promoting wellness for better behavioral and physical health.   

Patricia today is regarded as a behavioral health subject matter expert.  She has been recognized for her innovative, strategic approaches to developing and implementing clinical programs as well as her ability to identify opportunities and scale for continued sustainable growth.  She has had great success with forming facilities to treat behavioral illness, eating disorders, trauma, and substance abuse that are recognized as leading treatment facilities.  She is regarded as a hard worker, solution oriented, resilient, and a creative thinker with the ability to bring new ideas to impact positive change.  She was one of the first in her region to develop, implement and operate a free standing medication assisted treatment intensive outpatient program for adults suffering from opioid addiction.  Since 1992, she has been passionate about helping incarcerated prisoners with a strong interest in reentry program development to ensure a safe and successful return to the community and family.  She was on the winning team for her first government contract opportunity and was given a subcontractor agreement to support the Department of Defense Military Family Life Counselor Program.   EHS was recognized for building a national licensed behavioral health counselor network for the winning prime contractor prior to RFP submission, and brought a comprehensive credentialing and training solution to the team.  EHS supported the program for three years with licensed counselors in 13 states.    

She attended the University of Memphis, Fogelman Business College,  Management Information Systems with a minor in psychology at the University of Memphis.  She also attended the American Institute of Paralegal Studies at Christian Brother’s University and graduated with honors. She volunteered on several legal cases for research and investigation which lead to her interest in prisoner reform.  

Her private life is centered around her husband,  three boys and a granddaughter.  She enjoys entertaining family and friends as well as interior design.  She has strong spiritual beliefs, deep compassion for people and a strong desire to help reduce suffering caused from poverty, behavioral health illness, addiction, incarceration, and life traumas.