JUNE 16, 2015 - This year, Georgetown University nursing alumna Jody Stubler (G’14), MS, FNP-C, RN, opened HOPE Family Medical Center in Salt Lake City.
This clinic provides affordable health care services to those in need. Having worked as a school nurse, Stubler often saw children and families — including two of her own married children — who did not have health insurance or the financial means to seek medical care.
In her experience, students lacking access to health care often miss school and are likely to struggle academically. Seeing this trend led her to pursue the education she needed to open her clinic.
(Salt Lake City's local ABC affiliate recently covered her work.)
In the fall of 2011, Stubler enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at the School of Nursing & Health Studies. At this point, opening her clinic was still just a dream, and the school’s mission of advancing the health and wellness of individuals and communities resonated with her.
“The people I have met through the nursing program and those I’ve connected with are incredible blessings in my life,” she says. “School was hard, but I have always pushed myself harder. Despite the difficulties, I reminded myself daily that giving up was not an option.”
A Business for Others
“My last class at Georgetown was 'professional aspects' with Erica Sciarra,” Stubler says. “In it, we discussed the pros and cons of starting your own business versus working for someone else. I always knew that I would open my own clinic, but the class helped me to think more critically about what I wanted to do and how I was going to do it.”
Applying the lessons she learned from the Nursing@Georgetown program, Stubler made her dream become a reality. The HOPE Family Medical Center is founded on the belief that everyone should be able to receive quality health care services in a comfortable, caring environment.
“As nurse practitioners, we are trained to be holistic in our approach to health care. We’re about helping people, and helping them to help themselves, as well,” she says. “The atmosphere I have tried to create is one that reflects that holistic approach.”
(Pictured above are Stubler, seated, with the medical center's office manager Karen Duarte.)