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New People's Health Clinic Medical Director
Brings Years of Experience to Role
By Carolyn Murray, KPCW • April 16, 2021
This week, Dr. Mairi Leining is taking on the role of medical director at the People's Health Clinic after the retirement of longtime PHC staffer John Hanrahan.
Leining worked on staff with the clinic for two years and comes from the Park City Hospital, where she led the intensive care unit and worked as a hospitalist. Leining said global health had been a longtime passion and her work at the Park City Hospital inspired her to make the move to the People's Health Clinic, which serves uninsured patients across Summit and Wasatch counties.
"I did work as a hospitalist for 15 years, the past eight at the Park City hospital where I really saw the impact of the People’s Health Clinic on the community, especially when I was taking care of uninsured members of the community that otherwise wouldn't have had follow-up,” she said. “And that reignited my interest in taking care of underserved populations. And so, two years ago, I made the decision to transition over to the People's Health Clinic full time, and I've never been more fulfilled as a provider."
Leining said Hanrahan provided the vision at the clinic's inception in 1999. She said the need for no-cost health care is essential in a resort-based community that relies on the working class to keep businesses running.
"We have to take into account that we have a migrant population both through the ski industry and also as undocumented residents come in and provide the working backbone of our community,” Leining said. “And they need to have a resource for basic healthcare, which wouldn't exist if it were not for Dr. Hanrahan's incredible insight. So, my job is easy from that standpoint that he has created this incredible infrastructure and framework over the past 22 years, and I get to come in and expand our programming to meet this growing need."
Hanrahan commended Leining's work establishing a diabetes program last year. He said the data on the diabetes patients is encouraging.
"We just got our first six months report on our metrics and our diabetic patients are doing dramatically better since we instituted a much more expanded program for diabetes,” Hanrahan said. “I think we will see her expand that kind of programming into other chronic diseases like hypertension and obesity, and hyperlipidemia. So I'm thrilled that she's coming on board and has this capacity and ability to really expand our programming and view it from a public health perspective."
Leining said there are social determinants of health, such as poverty and unemployment, that can cause chronic conditions.
"You'll end up seeing obesity from having decreased access to healthy foods, and increased blood pressure, increased risk of heart disease, increases in diabetes,” she said. “And so, for this population, in particular, it's critically important that we have good primary health care in place to help keep people out of the hospital."
Leining said the clinic could use more volunteers with expertise in the medical subspecialties.
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People’s Health Clinic co-founder announces retirement
John Hanrahan plans to step down in April
Summit County News/Park Record
Dr. John Hanrahan, co-founder and current medical director of People’s Health Clinic, announced this week that he is retiring effective April 15.
Hanrahan co-founded People’s Health Clinic in 1999 with Pastor Bob Bussen, then the priest at St. Mary’s Church, and others who were concerned about the number of individuals in Park City who did not have access to quality medical care due to lack of insurance.
People's Health Clinic Celebrates 21 Years
Leslie Thatcher, KPCW
People's Health Clinic hosted a grand finale Friday for their Walk For 21 fundraising event. Between August 1st and 21st, supporters walked 21 miles in 21 days to support the 21 years PHC has been in operation.
$1M donation will fund endowment for People’s Health Clinic - ‘Incredible gift creates a remarkable foundation to build upon,’ executive director says
Summit County News/Park Record
People’s Health Clinic on Tuesday announced a $1 million gift made by Park City resident Elizabeth “Beano” Solomon to create The John Hanrahan Medical Director Endowment for the Summit County nonprofit. The bequest is intended to build a cornerstone that will lead to additional community contributions to the endowment and ensure that the 21-year-old clinic is sustained far into the future.
People's Health Clinic Named as Community Health Hero
Leslie Thatcher, KPCW
The People’s Health Clinic was named as one of three Community Health Heroes from more than a thousand submissions made from across the country.
This year, for the first time ever, Reader’s Digest magazine launched a health-focused extension of a program it runs in partnership with Life Extension Magazine. The Community Health Heroes search was to find those American “heroes” who are committed to supporting and inspiring their communities to live healthier lives.
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All county businesses are eligible
Jack Dempsey, Park Record
As of Monday, free rapid COVID-19 tests are available to all businesses in Summit County and their employees.
The program, first announced last month, is a partnership among Summit County, Park City, People’s Health Clinic and the Park City Chamber/Bureau.
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Summit County's Medical Reserve Corps is seeking volunteers to help distribute the COVID-19 vaccine
Potential volunteers do not need medical training
Alexander Cramer, Summit County Park Record
There is a network of 40 or so volunteers in Summit County who have signed up to help their fellow citizens during times of emergency, a medical reserve corps made up of medical professionals and those without special training who decided to be of service when the community requires it.
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