Wheeling Health Right Inc

Rating: 4.89 stars   9 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Health

Location: 61-29th St Wheeling WV 26003 USA

Mission: Wheeling Health Right provides quality health care and medications to those most in need, the low-income, and uninsured.  The patients are at or below 100% of the federal poverty level, not eligible for Medicaid or VA benefits and residents of WV or Ohio. These patients are the most needy, the ones who “fall through the cracks.” The patients are primarily the working poor, who can’t afford health insurance or it is not offered at their place of employment.  Wheeling Health Right was incorporated in 1985 and opened its doors in 1986.  Wheeling Health Right currently serves over 16,000 patients, delivered 64,000 patient encounters by midlevel providers and physicians in FY 2006. The clinic filled 145,000 prescriptions. Patient numbers have grown dramatically through the downsizing, layoffs and closing of major industries such as steel and mining in the Ohio Valley. New jobs are retail, no benefit jobs. The clinic depends heavily on community support and in kind donations.  In FY 2006, in kind inpatient, outpatient, lab, testing, x-rays and surgery totaled over $6.4 million.  Donated pharmaceuticals tallied $12 million.  Volunteer services of physicians, both primary care and specialty, totaled over $2million.
Geographic areas served: Northern Panhandle of West Virginia including Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel & Tyler Counties and Belmont County in Ohio.
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EIN 31-1149085
304-233-3869
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Wheeling Health Right's executive director, medical staff, and volunteers have the expertise to serve the Ohio Valley’s most vulnerable population. They truly care about their patients' health and well-being. The clinic fills gaps in coverage, services, availability, and providers and provides quality health care and promotes healthy lifestyles and diet through on-going education resulting in reduced healthcare costs.

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I was first introduced to Wheeling Health Right when I was invited to serve on the Board. It was a real pleasure working with the group and learning about all the ways they have helped our community. Since that introduction, I have referred many people to them for services across the spectrum and all have been pleased. They are incredibly important to the Ohio Valley.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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7 people found this review helpful

I have been very fortunate to become involved with this great organization as it has served people in need for 25 years. They do incredible work and our community - covering multiple counties across both West Virginia and Ohio - would be much worse off without it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by witnessing and reading testimonials from patients whose lives have been transformed from its help.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Wheeling Health Right is a teriffic organization that makes a major impact in the lives and health of our communities low income working uninsured. I was at one time a client and without Health Right I don't know what I would have done. I no longer need their services but continue to try to raise funds for this very worthwhile organization.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

Wheeling Health Right has taken care of all my medical needs for several years now. Staff is professional and courteous. When scheduling appointments, they try their best to work around my crazy work schedule. The services continue to expand to suit the needs of their patients. There's a pharmacy on site with $2 co-pays for ALL meds. They provide a diabetes clinic, counseling services, help those wanting to give up tobacco products and all kinds of things that directly meet the needs of the 20,000+ patients. They also have coordinated efforts with the Lions Club to provide an eye exam and glasses to those in need.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase funding so they can get more staff to increase efficiency of services offered.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Personally I don't think I would be here if it weren't doe Health Right. I lost my job and have several medical issues including diabetes. The staff I. The pharmacy are always friendly and make sure I am well taken care of. The nurses and Staff in the clinic are always extremely attentive to my needs. If I am not well the front staff get me in right away. Thank you for all you to do not only for me but the thousand others who you serve on a yearly basis

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Wheeling Health Right is always there for those who cannot afford health care. It saves people's lives and gives them the opportunity to live a better life. Many people have been touched by its services.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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7 people found this review helpful

As a volunteer, I helped with different areas of care. My first day I was overwhelmed at the number of prescriptions that were filled in a day. I realized most of these people would go without their medicines if not for Health Right. I also helped with filing papers on charts and noticed the extent of care these patients recieved. They treated simple colds to major life threarening illnesses. So many of the doctors do volunteer work to help the underprivledged. The doctors were psychiatrist, OB and gyne doctors, cardiologist, family doctors and more. All were treated with respect and dignity and made to feel that their life mattered. The community would be in dire need of care if Wheeling Health Right did not exist. They make community care important to people not just in Wheeling but many counties in WV and Ohio. Their special programs include going out into the community for Diabetic education, smoking cessation, Baby and child care and many other helpful programs.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My son is a patient and without Wheeling Health Right, he would not be able to afford his medication or have a doctor to examine him.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the number of patients they were able to see. Also I would make longer hours of operation so that people wouldn't have to wait to see a doctor.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the feeling of fullfillment. It is so nice when someone you've helped looks at you with such gratitude in their eyes. You know then that you have helped someone.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, helpful, friendly and mostly caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build a larger service area, have the money for funding special programs for the community and afford to get a bigger staff.

Ways to make it better...

I could have more time to devote to helping. Maybe be a staff member some day

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding and working within the guidelines of government.

One thing I'd also say is that...

It was an honor and privledge to help Wheeling Health Right any way I could. I work full time now so am not able to help but I do miss it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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9 people found this review helpful

My mother owes her life to this nonprofit organization. She was able to be admitted to the hospital through the emergency department because this is a service offered by Wheeling Health Right. Dr. Commerci, her family physician, consulted a surgeon when she was admitted and she was found to have a life threatening fatal infection known as necrotizing fascitis (tissue eating bacteria). She was transported via ambulance to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh after having one surgery to try to contain the bacteria. The surgery was not a success and she needed more specialized surgeon and care that were not provided at Wheeling hospital. She ended up having 22 total surgeries, a wound vac placed, and went into acute renal failure. If she was not able to go to the hospital because of Health Right in the first place, she would be dead today! Thank you for saving my mother's life and allowing her to continue being an awesome mother. Thanks to Kathie Brown, the president of this organization, as her dedication to her patient's, patient's families, physicians, and staff has exceeded all expectations. Wheeling Health Right still provides care to my mother today and she receives her medications here as well. The staff are friendly, empathetic and always willing to help. Please keep nonprofit health care organizations such as this one up and running for those individuals that are not fortunate enough to be able to afford health care. I highly recommend Wheeling Health Right to anyone!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being able to have my mother alive and with us today.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

my mother's life!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, empathetic, and compassionate about the patient's and their coworkers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue to help save lives of millions of people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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