Hope Clinic chief executive officer Barbara Clark has announced that Dr. Peggy Linguist began serving as Chief Medical Officer, effective March 1.

Dr. Linguist replaces Dr. Donald Mondragon, who is stepped aside to focus on patient care and complex conditions.

Linguist is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and was one of Hope Clinic’s founding board members. When Hope Clinic became a Federally Qualified Health Center in 2009, allowing the clinic to more effectively serve the uninsured and underserved members of the community, Linguist transitioned from private practice to being Hope Clinic’s first employed pediatric physician.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to help in this new way as CMO,” Linguist said. “I’m very excited to learn from a gifted leadership team of others who have a heart for God and our patients, and I’m so happy to be able to continue to serve our patients and their families as a Hope Clinic pediatrician.”

Dr. Mondragon, who served as CMO starting in February 2016, said Dr. Linguist epitomizes the mission of Hope Clinic, which is to show the light of God’s love to the community by providing a quality, patient-centered medical home.

“Dr. Linguist is a gem,” Mondragon said. “She is a superb Pediatrician, a gracious and Godly woman, who has a great knack for details and organization. She is going to be a fabulous CMO and will lead with humility, good humor, grace, and lots of prayer.“

CEO Barbara Clark said she is excited about the roles Drs. Linguist and Mondragon will now serve.

“Their expertise will enhance our capability to serve our patients here at Hope Clinic,” she said. “Dr. Linguist has great compassion for our patients and will make it her priority to work with all clinicians to ensure the quality of care and collaborative partnerships in the community. Dr. Mondragon will continue to give patients an outstanding care, especially concentrating on preventative and chronic care.”

Dr. Mondragon will now see patients on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, adding a day to his prior schedule. Dr. Linguist will continue seeing pediatric patients while filling her new role.

Hope Clinic originally established in 1999 as a faith-based, not-for-profit corporation, the Ellis County Coalition for Health Options, providing comprehensive health care services for the entire family. Located in Waxahachie, Texas, Hope Clinic became a Federally Qualified Health Center in 2009, offering a sliding fee discount to the uninsured and underserved in and around Ellis County. In 2016, Hope Clinic added a location in Ennis.