Hope Clinic will host its 13th annual Seeds of Hope fundraiser in the Midlothian Conference Center at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8.

“This is our one and only fundraiser every year,” CEO Dr. Mackie Owens said. “It’s centered around our ministry and our patients testimonials.”

This year’s theme is Hope Through the Generations, representing the clinic’s treatment of patients from birth to senior ages.

The fundraiser will feature a speaker, patient testimonials, an update on the clinic’s “State of Hope,” entertainment and a time of giving and donations. A sit-down dinner will be served.

“We invite people to be ‘table hosts’ and they invite eight of their friends and family to join them at their table,” Owens said.

The clinic is hoping to raise $75,000 at this year’s fundraiser to begin the process of being accredited as a Patient Centered Medical Home.

“(A PCMH) is a one-stop shop for family healthcare,” Dr. Peggy Linguist said. “We can treat acute and chronic problems and it gives us a chance to provide preventative care. We can also be the place where people can go when they’re afraid – the mother is worried about how she will feed her children or a family member is in jail. We’re here to help people. It’s not just all about medicine.”

Hope Clinic has begun making improvements to the clinic in preparation for the PCMH accreditation.

“We have already started transferring all of our physical records into an electronic records database, which will take the rest of the year,” Owens said.

Seeds of Hope started 11 years ago with a $50 donation from a patient.

“A patient slipped a $50 bill in my hand one day, and told me it was ‘a little seed’ to show her appreciation for what we had done for her,” Owens said.

The fundraiser was named Seeds of Hope in remembrance of that first donation.

“The clinic currently has 6,000 patients,” Owens said.

This is the first time Hope Clinic has held the fundraiser in Midlothian. The fundraiser is usually held in Waxahachie, where the clinic is located. Owens said that the clinic is trying to reach out to new communities and donors throughout Ellis County.

Hope Clinic is a federally qualified health center funded by the federal government, Ellis County and grants. The clinic offers adult medicine, women’s health, pediatrics, dental, and behavioral health services. Additionally, the clinic helps patients with health education and program eligibility.

The clinic accepts uninsured, self pay, medicaid, medicare and private insurance. For uninsured patients, the clinic offers a sliding fee schedule based on family size and income. New patients must provide their last four pay stubs, W-2 and utility bill.

For more information, visit www.hopeclinicelliscounty.com or call 972-923-2440.

Contact Aaron at 469-517-1456 or a.schwaderer@wninews.com.