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The People’s Health Clinic gains financial backing

Amanda Tust Of the Record staff
Certified physician's assistant Shari Bloom volunteers at the People's Health Clinic and checks the heartbeat of Maria Ortiz.
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Parkite Adam Bronfman surprised the People’s Health Clinic staff at the fund-raiser night on Dec. 6 with an announcement that he will donate an initial $10,000 and will match all other donations up to $50,000 this year. Between mail-in donations and the fund-raiser night at the Egyptian Theater, the People’s Health Clinic raised $30,000 for next year’s services prior to the match money. Bronfman and his wife, Cindy, will make their donations from the Samuel Bronfman Foundation, a charitable foundation based on the philanthropy of Adam Bronfman’s father. If more than $50,000 is raised before Dec. 31, Bronfman said he will roll over his match of that money into next year. "Healthcare for the uninsured needs to be a priority in our country," Bronfman said. "We feel honored that we have the opportunity to contribute to the health of our community."

About 70 people attended the fund-raiser night, which featured entertainment by the Motherlode Canyon Band, Stacy Dymalski, Mary Beth Maziarz and the Small House Quartet. Bronfman said he believes the People’s Health Clinic’s role is critical to the overall health of the community.

"Those with the least wealth, in our community and across the country, are also the people who are most likely to live without health insurance," Bronfman said. "We live together, work together and go to school together. "If one segment of our city’s population is sick due to a lack of access to medical care, then we will all get sick."

The People’s Health clinic began as a one-day free health clinic five years ago. Soon afterwards, volunteers worked out of a mobile van until a permanent facility was secured in 2004. The People’s Health Clinic now offers a family clinic night on Mondays and a prenatal clinic on Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. The clinics are run on a walk-in basis and $10 donations are requested but not required.

Shelly Weiss, administrative director of the People’s Health Clinic, said the funds raised by Dec. 31 will help to expand the organization, including a possible additional clinic night in January devoted to hypertensive and diabetic patients.

"We are absolutely bursting at the seams with patients," Weiss said.

Jane Campbell, development director for the People’s Health Clinic said when the clinic first opened it averaged 10 patients per night. Now the People’s Health Clinic treats approximately 30 patients per night, or 60 people per week, she said.

"It’s really stretching us to our absolute limits and we are looking to move our facility in the future," Campbell said.

The People’s Health Clinic consists of one full-time employee, two part-time employees and 200 volunteers. Volunteers include nurses, practitioners and translators.

Campbell said funds raised throughout November and December underwrite services at the clinic and help cover the costs of medications, ultra sound equipment and base-pay for patients who need to be referred to specialists.

The People’s Health Clinic collected $70,000 during last year’s fund-raising period, and Campbell expects the funding to be much higher this year, with the recent commitment made by Adam Bronfman and the Samuel Bronfman Foundation.

The People’s Health Clinic is located at 1200 Iron Horse Drive. For more information call 615-7822. Donations can be mailed to the People’s Health Clinic, P.O. Box 982342, Park City, UT 84098.


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