Amy Owen, Executive Director of Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties (left), introduces Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall at the HealthWorks 10th Anniversary Celebration.
In a county as prosperous as Loudoun, it can be difficult to remember that everyone doesn’t have access to life’s necessities. That’s why HealthWorks of Northern Virginia, a community health center that mainly treats uninsured and underinsured people, opened for business ten years ago.
Nearly 100 elected officials and community members gathered Oct. 6 in Leesburg to celebrate the center’s services and success. HealthWorks has centers in Leesburg and Herndon.
“HealthWorks stands out among other community health centers”, Loudoun Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) said at the celebration. She said its staff always treats patients with dignity, respect and care, and characterized the level of community health care offered as a godsend for those in need of medical, dental or behavioral health care. Randall’s own professional background is in mental health counseling.
Jeff Clayton, president of the HealthWorks board of directors, recalled a story about a young patient that perfectly exemplified the type of work the organization strives to achieve. The HealthWorks dental team was treating a young boy named William. William had moved with his family from El Salvador and had never seen a dentist before. William almost never smiled because he was self conscious of the cavities on his front teeth. He also had trouble eating.
HealthWorks was able to restore William’s smile. To this day, William’s father tells HealthWorks employees about William’s beautiful smile and how the boy can now sleep through the night without waking up from dental pain, Clayton said.
“Now the most gratifying dental procedures, from what I understand talking to our dental staff, are those that restore a patient’s smile,” Clayton said. “The whole team here has been able to see his personality blossom.”
HealthWorks also recognized important community partners that helped make HealthWorks the organization it is today. Among the organizations were Inova Loudoun Hospital, Cardinal Bank, Supervisor Kristen Umstattd, 100WomenStrong, and former HealthWorks board members Bobbi Schaufeld and Lynn Rubin.
“We just want everyone to know that as long as there’s a need in this community, we’re going to try to be here to serve that with whatever we can. We want to work closely with everyone in the community so we can serve that need in a thoughtful manner, in an efficient manner, in a way that best provides services to the people in the community,” Clayton said.