HealthLinc CEO and founder Beth Wrobel is on a mission to break down barriers to health care.
“As we have grown, we’ve been able to understand what our role is. Those who really need to have a medical home that have health issues and need some kind of guidance or support … we are the place for that,” Wrobel said.
The federally qualified health center serves Indiana communities with locations from Knox and Valparaiso to Michigan City and East Chicago, which recently expanded.
Wrobel said part of focusing on the patient and impacting the health of communities is breaking down any barriers to care.
"We really put the patient at the center and try to get patients everything they need,” she said. “We give them the tools and find out if there are any barriers to get them there: Cost? Where to go? We follow-up to make sure they got those labs or if they need a colonoscopy, we can help them with where to go or if insurance pays for it.”
Pat Bankston, PhD, says he has seen Wrobel’s impact first-hand while serving on HealthLinc’s board of directors. He is associate dean and director of the Indiana University School of Medicine - Northwest as well as dean of the IUN College of Health and Human Services in Gary.
“She is indefatigable – tireless – in her efforts and unbelievably willing to plan and give up her time to work with people and make something happen that may take years to develop,” he says.
Wrobel cites parents Ralph and Betty Eser as having had an influence on her path. Her dad had a hand in guiding her initial career choice and his terminal cancer diagnosis prompted her departure from NIPSCO/NiSource after 22 years.
Wrobel also credits her parents with instilling in her the need to give back. She serves on the Indiana University Northwest School of Medicine’s advisory board as well as the United Way of Porter County and Indiana Primary Health Care Association boards. She is on the Valparaiso Human Relations Council and is president-elect for the Rotary Club of Valparaiso.
Wrobel continues to be inspired by her family, staff and the desire to make a difference.
“My husband (Joe) is a saint. You can’t do what I do unless you have the support of your family. I hope my children (Chris, Tom and David) see me as a mentor and my employees. I believe in servant leadership. If everybody at HealthLinc believes that I have touched their lives in some way or another … that is being a servant leader.”