HL20: Nann Worel—Serving the Medically Underserved

Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media , December 2, 2013

Worel and her friends rolled up their sleeves and Victory Health Partners opened its doors in 2003. Worel spent several years with the clinic, including time as the development director. Last year VHP treated almost 13,000 patients.

The move to Park City was meant to be something of a trial retirement for Worel and her attorney husband, who soon decided that he was too young to retire. Worel began as a volunteer at the People's Clinic. By 2008 she was the development director and a year later she was named executive director.

Today Worel manages an annual budget of $1.2 million, including $600,000 in in-kind donations. She oversees 35 volunteer medical providers, including physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. Two paid, part-time physicians help make sure important things like patient lab work don't fall through the cracks and the clinic's chronically ill patients get ongoing care they need.

The clinic also works closely with Intermountain Healthcare, which has 22 hospitals throughout Utah.

The clinic focus is primary care, although naturopathic physicians, chiropractors, homeopathic psychologists, licensed social workers, mental health counselors, acupuncturists, and physical therapists who volunteer at the clinic are available to the patients.

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