PCMR pitches in for People’s Health Clinic
Multi-million-dollar homes and a thriving upscale service industry may deservedly give Summit County a reputation of affluence, but the financial position that characterizes much of the county may not extend as deeply some might expect or, at least, doesn’t guarantee medical coverage.
Summit County has the fastest growing percentage of residents without health insurance in Utah, according to the United Way of Summit County, with the current portion of 12.3 percent already exceeding the state average.
"That’s surprising to many people, but the truth is the clinic serves all kinds of people," said Terry Moffit, community outreach director for the People’s Health Clinic (PHC), a volunteer medical center that offers treatment to uninsured residents of Summit and Wasatch Counties. "Even some you wouldn’t expect."
The People’s Health Clinic, located on Ironhorse Drive, provides general care and specialized treatment to anyone without insurance, including those in between carriers. Services range from general care to pediatrics, diabetes management and prenatal services.
The volunteer clinic covers expenses partly with government and corporate grants, but its largest source of funding comes from private donations. The annual PHC Community Celebration dinner provides about one-third of the clinic’s annual operating budget. This year’s event, featuring food and live music, will take place Monday, Dec. 3, at Park City Mountain Resort’s Legacy Lodge from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are not required.
"We haven’t gotten sophisticated enough to do raffles or auctions or anything," said Moffit. "It’s always been light." However, she stressed the importance of the community’s support.
"These are really hardworking people (who need health care)," she said. "They’re often the ones who keep the community afloat."
This year’s dinner also features, for the first time, all three people who founded the clinic: Father Bob Bussen, John Hanrahan and Pam Atkinson, the keynote speaker.
Parkites unable to attend can support the PHC through Park City Mountain Resort’s Benefit Day sale, which allows skiers to hit the slopes on Dec. 7 for $25. Passes are available at Wasatch Touring, Sports Den Canyon Sports, Cole Sport, Jans Mountain Outfitters, Dolly’s Bookstore, White Pine Touring and Norda’s at Redstone. Donations are also accepted at peopleshealthclinic.org.
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