WAXAHACHIE — In a series of commemorative events stretching from August 14-18, Waxahachie’s Hope Clinic in conjunction with the Texas Association of Community Health Centers (TACHC) is honoring those who serve the healthcare industry, while also expressing gratitude towards its patients.

“As we celebrate National Health Center Week I want to take this opportunity to thank our patients for entrusting their healthcare to all of our providers and staff at Hope Clinic that serves and care for their needs,” expressed Barbara Clark, Hope Clinic's CEO.

“I want to thank the community for their support in our mission to provide a quality, patient-centered medical home. We will continue to be a comprehensive health care provider of choice in Ellis County, focusing on the medically underserved and providing care for the whole person and family,” she added.

Established in 1999, Hope Clinic, a faith-based nonprofit, has served the Ellis County community through healthcare amenities for nearly 18 years.

"Our mission is to love, serve, and heal the people who are medically underserved in Ellis County," confirmed Ashlyn Strength, Hope Clinic’s administrative assistant. “So we want to reach out to everyone who doesn’t have proper medical care through this week.”

In a press release from the TACHC, National Health Center Week spotlights Community Health Centers across the U.S., celebrating well over 1,400 health center organizations that serve more than 10,000 urban and rural communities nationwide.

It goes on to note that these centers are the health care home for more than 25 million patients, including more than 7.6 million children and nearly 300,000 veterans. Health centers also employ more than 180,000 Americans and generate billions of dollars both in economic impact and overall cost-savings to the health care system.

And in recognition of such an important role these organizations play, the week of celebration will be observed at Hope Clinic through a series of family-friendly events.

“Monday, we’ll have a ‘Chick-fil-A Day,’ and we’ll be handing out flyers. Tuesday, we’re giving out little baggies with coupons to Whataburger, Canes, Chili’s, and Dairy Queen,” Strength listed. “Then Wednesday we’ll have a snow cone truck and a balloon animal person coming to our pediatric clinic, and those kids are excited about that – I’m even excited about that.”

“Thursday we’re handing out coupons again and giving out tooth brushes to the pediatrics. And then Friday is the balloon animals and snow cones again,” she concluded the week’s schedule.

While raising awareness, TACHC also mentions that community health centers like Hope Clinic are part of a national network that serves as the “family doctor” to more than 25 million Americans, providing a variety of complementary services to America's most vulnerable patients and communities.

In Texas, more than 76 Federally Qualified Health Centers at 450 sites serve more than 1.2 million people and maintain an open-door policy, ensuring everyone receives care regardless of financial status. For patients without insurance who self-pay, health centers use sliding scale fees based on patient income.

“With the challenges that Health Centers face today, we have to make sure that everyone who is involved in health care in our communities understands that Health Centers deliver high quality, cost effective, accessible care while serving as economic engines, helping to power local economies,” affirmed José E. Camacho, executive director of TACHC.

And as Monday pulls focus on those in the healthcare industry and the ones they serve, Strength encourages the community to join in and stop by the clinic.

“We’re doing this because we want our patients to know we appreciate them and we’re glad for anyone to come,” Strength acknowledged.

“I hope the community can come and celebrate with us,” she finished.

To connect with Hope Clinic, visit call4hope.org or call (972)-923-2400.

For more information about the Texas Association of Community Health Center (TACHC), visit tachc.org or call (512)-329-5959.

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Chelsea Groomer, @ChelseaGroomer

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