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Wheeling Health Right Inc

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Causes: Community Clinics, Health, Mental Health, Mental Health Disorders, Smoking Addiction

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.

Programs: Wheeling health right inc is a nonprofit corporation established to provide free health care services to individuals who have no medical insurance and are in low income groups

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Former staff

Rating: 5

As a former employee of Wheeling Health Right, I was honored to work for an organization that truly believed in caring for the uninsured and underinsured patients in our community. Patients at Wheeling Health Right get vital health care and medications to combat a variety of health care needs. I was proud to know that the work of the caring professionals made a difference in the everyday lives of our patients. The clinic has truly evolved into a place where the less fortunate can go to receive comprehensive health care services.

The staff and volunteers are dedicated to providing the best care possible for the patients. In collaboration with area hospitals, the clinic is able to provide outpatient and inpatient care for its clients.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my wife and I were first married, we did not have health insurance nor could we afford to purchase insurance. Wheeling Health Right helped to care for both my wife and I during difficult times, kept us healthy and working until we could secure better jobs with benefits. I am so grateful for Wheeling Health Right and their exceptional staff who helped me when I most needed help.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wheeling Health Right is a nationally recognized model clinic. The clinic strives to put the patient first and to ensure top quality care always. A new dental clinic is the newest addition to the One Stop Shop at Wheeling Health Right. They have outstanding staff and volunteers and the patients truly love to come to the clinic.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wheeling, WV is blessed to have Kathie Brown and her organization in our area. Kathie goes above and beyond her job to take care of the patients, secure available funding and hire top notch staff. It is a wonderful organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was a patient for several years. If it hadn't been for them, I would never have found out I was in renal failure and I probably would be dead, I got my medications there at an affordable price and received excellent frim all the staff. They are such a wonderful asset to a community of people without health insurance. I can't imagine what Wheeling would be like without them!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a fabulous organization that provides vital services to the community. The people of Wheeling Health Right are dedicated, special people. They do all they can to help their clients and I feel my donations have been wisely used.

Advisor

Rating: 5

The staff truly cares about the PEOPLE they serve. Patients aren't numbers at Wheeling Health Right and administration is always looking for new, innovative ways to offer services that address their patients' unique needs.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wheeling Health Right has a warm, dedicated, caring, and professional staff. They always put the patient first and work tirelessly to enhance their services to the Northern Panhandle's uninsured and under-insured population.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

Teri9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Emily35

Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!!