About Valley Health Partners

As of July 1, 2020, the eight 17th Street clinics have become part of this new organization, Valley Health Partners Community Health Center (VHP).

As of July 1, 2020, the eight 17th Street clinics have become part of this new organization, Valley Health Partners Community Health Center (VHP), with the intention of becoming designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) “Look-Alike” early next year. An FQHC Look-Alike receives enhanced federal reimbursement to expand core services such as comprehensive primary care, dental and mental health/substance abuse in addition to enabling services which include interpretation, transportation to appointments, and health education.

What is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Look-alike?

A Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Look-Alike is a community health center that provides comprehensive primary care and other services such as interpretation, transportation and health education for the community population. An FQHC Look-Alike does not turn patients away based on their ability to pay and removes financial barriers for receiving care. FQHC Look-Alikes receive enhanced reimbursement from Medicaid and Medicare to provide whole-person care, creating opportunities for the health center to look beyond medical care and focus on social determinants of health that could be some of the underlying causes of poor health.

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Our mission, vision and values

OUR MISSION, VISION AND VALUES

Mission

Partnering with the people of our community to achieve health and wellness through the delivery of extraordinary care that is compassionate, accessible and affordable in a family-centered and culturally sensitive environment.

Vision

VHP will be your trusted health partner for life by:

  • Being a recognized leader of value-based health care delivery for our community, including our most vulnerable populations.
  • Serving as a principal driver of health and vibrancy in our region.
  • Empowering and inspiring our patients and families to achieve desired health goals along life’s journey.
  • Committing to the future of health care through clinical innovation and premier medical education.

Values

Compassion
Our patients are our primary focus. We will passionately support their medical and social needs with kindness and empathy in pursuit of better health and well-being.

Connectedness
We forge trusted relationships and deliver culturally competent care through an unwavering commitment to listening, understanding and empowering the voice of our patients.

Respect
We respect and value the rich diversity in our community and strive to promote equity, inclusivity and acceptance across all walks of life.

Excellence
With a strong commitment to clinical care, education and innovation, we aspire to deliver care of exemplary quality, value and experience.

Executive Leadership

Veronica Gonzalez, MBA
Chief Executive Officer

Erich Koch, CPA-ND, FACHE, FHFMA, CMPE, NHA-ALASKA, CGMA
Chief Financial Officer

Claudia Santiago, MBA
Chief Operating Officer

Joseph L Yozviak, DO, FACP, AAHIVS
Chief Medical Officer

Julia Jurkiewicz, MSN, RN, NE-BC, AMB-BC 
Administrator of Population Health

Eilidh Lipp, SHRM-CP
HR Manager

Kimberly Wittner, RN, BSN 
Administrator of Clinical Services & Compliance Officer

Our Board

  • Anne Panik, RN, Board Chair, Community Board Member
  • Carrie Wilson, Board Treasurer, Consumer Board Member (CWM)
  • Isamara Angeles, Board Secretary, Consumer Board Member (CWM & Children’s Clinic)
  • Paula Margraf, Community Board Member
  • Judge Kelly Banach, Community Board Member
  • Betty Ortiz, Consumer Board Member (CDS & CWM)
  • Jessica Stahlberg, Consumer Board Member (Children’s Clinic)
  • Ismael Correa, Consumer Board Member (CDS)
  • Charlene Fulton, Consumer Board Member (LVPP PCP & CWM)
  • Dr. Nicole Sully, Community Board Member
  • Dr. Thomas Whalen, Community Board Member