As a practicing physician and as a CEO for 13 years of a major health care system, it has been my privilege to have been associated with Wheeling Health Right for 30 years. Under the caring and leadership of Kathie Brown, the organization has grown from a very small clinic to one that is now serving over 15,000 working poor individuals for their primary health care and medications. More services have been added each year and the clinic is about to initiate a full service Dental Clinic.
For the past eight years I have been involved directly with the clinic as a volunteer physician, seeing first-hand the competent and caring work of the mid-level providers, nurses and support staff. As in all organizations, successful ones, must have leadership at the top that sets the tone for the organization. We are blessed to have Kathie Brown as our leader who serves tirelessly to care the economically less fortunate individuals of our community and she does it with a very small administrative staff. In spite of significant cuts in funding by our state government, the clinic has a positive bottom line. This is accomplished through Kathie’s efforts to be the “designated beggar” of the organization.
Wheeling Health Right is truly deserving to be honored by receiving a 2015 Top Rated Award.
Donald H. Hofreuter, M.D.
I started there as a new Nurse Practitioner in 2001. I saw first-hand the incredible need of the patients. Every day I would go and provide care. Every day I climbed exhaustedly into my car to go to my comfortable home with my two sons. I was a single mom at the time and thought quietly, "there by God's grace go I". I love Health Right, Kathy and the staff. They are on the front lines every day providing care for the lost and unwanted. There are stories of love, courage and faith. Above all there is compassion and caring. I wish I could be a part of their team and someday may return, but for now I do what I can to ensure that Health Right survives.
I started off being a patient way back in 1985 when I lost my health care from a work stoppage.I saw first hand what they did for the working poor.
I progressed to a Board Member for two different cycles.
Health Right has earned my respect and the respect from the Ohio Valley communities
Very proud of my time with Health Right and what they do in our valley
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.
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.