The Moran Eye Center supports an ophthalmology clinic in partnership with the People's Health Clinic in Park City. The ophthalmology clinic provides low-or no-cost eye care and surgery to qualified patients under the direction of Moran surgeon Dr. Geoffrey Tabin. The clinic, at www.peopleshealthclinic.org, is a nonprofit organization that strives to serve all uninsured resident s of Summit and Wasatch Counties who seek health care⎯no one is turned away.
Dr. Tabin, M.D., specializes in cornea, cataract, and refractive surgery and is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Director of International Ophthalmology at the John A. Moran Eye Center and the University of Utah. Every four weeks, Dr. Tabin clears his schedule to volunteer at the clinic where he sees patients with all types of eye diseases, scheduling those who he can for surgery at the Park City Hospital where he performs volunteer surgery every other month for free.
Clinic services, in addition to eye care, include prenatal, pediatric, comprehensive health care, and more. The People’s Health Clinic is supported by local residents, donations, grants, and foundations and is staffed by a multitude of volunteers. Doctors, nurses, therapists, chiropractors, midwives, interpreters, support staff, community outreach personnel, and institutions⎯like Moran Eye Center⎯donate their time, services, and specialties to ensure that all qualified patients receive care. The clinic also refers patients to specialists for drug, alcohol, and psychological counseling, and other community resources.
Founded in 2000, the clinic consisted of only a medical van in which doctors, technicians, and interpreters drove around Summit and Wasatch Counties in the evenings offering services to those who could not afford health care. In 2012, 9,000 patients were served in their 5,000-square-foot existing building at Quinn’s Junction.
In addition to his community local outreach service, Dr.Tabin leads the International Division of the John A. Moran Eye Center as part of his vision to provide high-quality ophthalmic care, education, and a world-class eye care infrastructure in an effort to eradicate unnecessary blindness in the world.
William Hollenbach never thought he would be forced to retire at 64 years-old, but when his cataracts blurred his vision to the point where he could no longer drive, he had to leave his job in the car business. “I live in Kamas and worked in Salt Lake City, and I could no longer make the drive because I couldn’t see,” said Hollenbach. “My sight was so bad it was like looking through wax paper.” Hollenbach was referred by People’s Health Clinic in Park City to the Moran Eye Center, where he received cataract surgery. He’s hoping to find a simple job he can enjoy and is looking forward to reading.
The People’s Health Clinic
650 Round Valley Drive
Park City, Utah 84060
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