Asher Community Health Center would like to acknowledge and thank one of the nine original Wheeler County residents who stepped forward in 2003 to help stabilize health care in Fossil; she has now decided to step down from their Board of Directors. Candy Humphreys submitted her letter of resignation recently and it is noted that she has been the longest member to serve on the Board. She tried to resign several years ago, but the Board quickly asked her to rejoin which she did and was instrumental in helping select a new building for the Spray Clinic.
Candy Humphreys joined fellow citizens Galen Fischer, Jack Lorts, Betty Baisch, Michelle Mullens, Kitty Osborn, Terry Ingalles, Cheryl Jenison, Edna Dunn, Jack Lorts and Bill Reinhart who under the guidance of grant writer and CEO Jim Carlson had the responsibility of developing policy for the re-organized Clinic programs under the direction of the Northeast Wheeler County Health District. The original Asher Clinic had run into financial difficulties in 1999 and needed to add another provider to meet the medical needs of the area.
Humphreys was the Chairman of the Board for 13 years. When asked why she was willing to serve for so long, her response was that providing medical services to Wheeler County was so important in a frontier region especially with a high population of elderly citizens who otherwise would have to travel long distances for services. “My parents (Joyce and Odell Adams) and I had been Asher Clinic patients and we had all been First Responders, so our family was very aware of the need for a full functioning Clinic. It is satisfying knowing your working to help provide a service that is needed”.
Current Board Chairman Toney Ryno states that Humphreys will be sorely missed as someone who always paid good attention to the details and wasn’t afraid to speak up for prudent fiscal decisions when needed. The community appreciates all the time and effort she committed to the Board over the years.