Dr. Rekha Yagnik
The Heart of ChesPenn
In August of 1973, in a double wide trailer on an open lot, The Children’s Clinic of Chester & Vicinity opened its door.
With no prior advertising, newly minted pediatrician Dr. Rekha Yagnik, a nurse and a receptionist saw eleven children on the first day. It was Dr. Yagnik’s first – and only – job. She was passionate about children and ChesPenn became her life’s work.
In November of 2015, over 100 employees, Board Members, family & friends gathered to recognize Dr. Yagnik’s 42 years of tireless work on behalf of the children and adults who need access to health care.
During the evening, Dr. Yagnik shared her appreciation to the staff “who believe in this mission” and gratitude to past and current Board Members and administrators who “let me practice pediatrics as it should be,” where patients receive the best medical care regardless of their ability to pay. Reflecting on a career recruiting, mentoring, and guiding physicians as Medical Director, Dr. Yagnik concluded, “ChesPenn is my pride and joy, I never felt I didn’t want to be at work.”
Dr. Yagnik served as Medical Director until her passing in December of 2015.