LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Veronique LeBlanc, who retired last week after 14 years with Riggs Community Health Center, was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award Tuesday.
CEO Phil Morphew, with Indiana Primary Health Care Association, said LeBlanc dedicated her career to serving the uninsured and underinsured of Tippecanoe County and the State of Indiana.
“Veronique’s drive to provide access for the underserved is an inspiration to each of us and her staunch advocacy for the work of community health centers is deeply appreciated,” Morphew told News 18 in a release.
The award was presented during the annual two-day conference of the Indiana Primary Health Care Association. Over 100 individuals from community health centers across Indiana were in attendance.
Her fellow employees said LeBlanc has done so much for Tippecanoe County and across the state. Board Chair Sally Watlington said during LeBlanc’s tenure as president and CEO, she led efforts to expand access to health care services from 8,000 patients annually to over 12,000.
“Veronique always put the patient first and worked tirelessly to ensure each child and their family received vital health care services,” said Watlington in a news release. “She will treasure this award marking the culmination of her steadfast work for the uninsured.”
LeBlanc retired May 6, 2014 from her post at Riggs Community Health Center. She began as a part-time human resources director, and was later named president and CEO. In addition, LeBlanc served on the IPHCA Board of Directors for over eight years, including a term as its chair and her current position as Personnel Committee chair.