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Dr. Hanrahan Retires From People's Health Clinic – This Time, For Good

People's Health Clinic

The co-founder and current Medical Director of the People’s Health Clinic, John Hanrahan, has announced his retirement– this one for good.


This is Dr. Hanrahan’s third retirement from the clinic. On April 15, Dr. Mairi Leining will take over as medical director.


Clinic Executive Director Beth Armstrong believes he’ll be leaving for good as a staff member, but won’t be a stranger to the clinic.


“So, I think third time's a charm, I really do believe that he's just come to a point where his career where he is to just be a volunteer provider for so he's going to volunteer with the clinic once a week, going forward.”


Dr. Hanrahan co-founded the clinic 22 years ago. He has served as both a volunteer provider and 11 years as a medical director. As the longest-tenured staff member, he is also one of the best known among its patients and the community.


“He has gotten a following among our patients, so he’s very beloved and trusted among a large group of our patient population,” Armstrong said. “So that's the big hole to fill.”


She added that he has been a driving force in making substantive changes at the clinic and is always looking for ways to do it better.


While he has big shoes to fill, Armstrong says the clinic has found a great replacement in Dr. Leining.


“She’s been a long-standing volunteer medical provider here at the clinic,” Armstrong said. “She’s also the doctor who implemented this multidisciplinary diabetes program that we now have here with the clinic and we brought in an RN to actually provide the services to our patients. And the Leining family actually funded this position here at the clinic. So, she's already, even as a volunteer, was making huge differences in the care we provide here at the clinic.”

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