Humboldt Patient Resource Center (HRPC) – Arcata, CA
DOPE had the pleasure to chat with Mariellen Jurkovich, director of HPRC for the past 13 years. Described by her team as “the heart and soul behind HPRC and the head of everything,” Jurkovich came to the cannabis industry after a successful career in banking and real estate. She surrounds herself with other like-minded female bosses in the local Women Cultivating Community group. As she discusses HPRC’s business model, a couple of things stand out to this writer about what it means to not just do well in business but to do good. Per Jurkovich: “We were the drop-off location for SC Labs, and saw all kinds of medicine that didn’t pass testing. Even before the state’s testing requirements were implemented about five years ago, we decided [we would only accept zero] mold and pesticides in our smokables.”
“‘Even before the state’s testing requirements were implemented about five years ago, we decided [we would only accept zero] mold and pesticides in our smokables.’” – Mariellen Jurkovich, HPRC director
Even as a not-for-profit, HPRC seems to spare no expense in its do-gooding; not only does the business take on those additional testing fees, HPRC also donates to a wide range of local community events. Employees enjoy benefits — insurance, health club access and paid vacations — as well as extensive training that includes an online course designed for doctors and nurses learning about cannabis.
The HPRC Community
At the end of the day it’s all about the patient and — true to its name — HPRC places importance on providing resources to, and especially sharing correct information, with its patients. “HPRC works closely with hospice care and palliative doctors to assist ailing patients to pass with dignity,” Jurkovich tells me. “We offer a compassion program that provides catastrophic and terminally ill community members free and discounted medicine, and access to a nurse on staff.” Even this year, with taxes heavily impacting cannabis donations, HPRC continued their compassion program as much as possible; Jurkovich had me on the verge of tears as she described HPRC’s commitment to their patients’ health and well-being.