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San José Clinic

As Houston's oldest safety-net clinic, San José Clinic provides high-quality, low-cost healthcare to more than 4,000 uninsured, underserved local residents every year.[1] Since 1922, San José Clinic has upheld its mission to provide quality healthcare and education to those with limited access to such services in an environment which respects the dignity of each person. San José Clinic is a member institution of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center and the top-rated healthcare program funded by the United Way of Greater Houston.[2] It boasts an expansive network of partnerships with more than 40 community-based organizations including world-class institutions like Memorial Hermann, M.D. Anderson, Houston Methodist, and CHI-St. Luke's.[3] It also partners with 45 academic program affiliates, including highly esteemed institutions of higher education like Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, the University of Houston, and others.[4] These relationships result in in-kind donations valued at more than $10 million per year and more than 800 exceptionally well-trained volunteers each year.[5] As a result, San José Clinic's patients have access to high-quality pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, and healthcare services from some of the best-trained medical providers in the world.

As a result of its dedicated service to the community for the past 96 years, San José Clinic has developed a reputation in the community as a preferred charity care clinic, known for both compassion and quality in the delivery of its care. Moreover, as a proud ministry of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, San José Clinic has a unique place in the community as the only faith-based safety-net clinic exclusively serving the uninsured. Strategically located in the heart of Midtown Houston, San José Clinic is positioned near the Metrorail and bus lines for easy accessibility from nearly anywhere in the city. San José Clinic also provides free parking-an attractive benefit to its underserved patients.

[1] San José Clinic, 2017 Annual Report, accessed August 30, 2018, http://www.sanjoseclinic.org/images/PDF/SanJoseClinic-AnnualReport-2017-web.pdf, 5.

[2] San José Clinic, 2017 Annual Report, 36.

[3] Ibid, 30.

[4] Ibid, 29.

[5] Ibid, 22; 14.

San José Clinic provides its underserved, uninsured patients with a wide range of healthcare services. With a three-pronged focus on prevention, education, and chronic disease management, San José Clinic aims to bridge the gaps in access to comprehensive care that underserved communities often encounter in the healthcare system. San José Clinic provides primary medical care including 15 specialties like gynecology, cardiology, optometry, ophthalmology, rheumatology, and neurology, all of which are high-demand specialties that are not always available or affordable for uninsured, underserved individuals.[1] In addition, San José Clinic provides both preventative and restorative dental care at deeply discounted rates. It also offers an on-site Class A pharmacy, diagnostic services, physical therapy, mental health services, and disease state management counseling. All services are contained in one building in order to expedite and simplify referrals, facilitate patient compliance with prescribed medications and treatment plans, and accommodate patients' limited access to reliable transportation. The clinic also hosts a series of community outreach events each year, including a Back-to-School event, a Christmas Party, Give Kids a Smile Day, and Sealant Day.

All patients at San José Clinic are uninsured and nearly half live at or below 100% of the federal poverty level, an amount equal to $25,100 for a family of four.[2] All patients must live below 250% of the federal poverty level in order to qualify for services. In Harris County, where 28% of the general population and 60% of low-income residents do not have health insurance, there is a heightened need for our services. [3] In 2017, San José Clinic provided 32,723 visits to 4,719 unduplicated patients.[4] Services are available to individuals of all ages, races, ethnicities, genders, and religious affiliations. There are also no geographic restrictions for services, so patients reside in 30 counties and 300 zip codes across southeast Texas.[5]

[1] San José Clinic. "Patient Services." Sanjoseclinic.org. http://www.sanjoseclinic.org/patient-center/services (accessed August 30, 2018).

[2] U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. "Poverty Guidelines." hss.gov. https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines (accessed August 30, 2018).

[3] County Health Rankings. "County Health Rankings & Roadmaps," countyhealthrankings.com. http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/texas/2015/compare/snapshot?counties=48_201 (accessed August 15, 2017).

San José Clinic, 2016 Annual Report, accessed August 30, 2018, http://www.sanjoseclinic.org/images/PDF/AnnualReport2016-online.pdf, 6.

[4] San José Clinic, 2017 Annual Report, accessed August 30, 2018, http://www.sanjoseclinic.org/images/PDF/SanJoseClinic-AnnualReport-2017-web.pdf, 5; 11.

[5] Zip Codes and Counties Served, 2012-2017, San José Clinic Report Server.

San José Clinic has been offering high-quality healthcare services to the medically underserved community in Houston since 1922. With a profound concern over the high rates of infant mortality among Houston's local Mexican population, our founder Monsignor Walsh made an appeal to 50 women to each donate $1 to create a safety-net clinic. Following this plea, the Charity Guild of Catholic Women was formed and Monsignor Walsh received funding for his project. Thus, with a small group of volunteers supporting his vision, Monsignor Walsh was able to establish a clinic offering dental care, prenatal services, free eyeglasses, and medical care to Houston's underserved population. This commenced San José Clinic's mission to provide quality healthcare and education to those with limited access to such services in an environment which respects the dignity of each person-a mission which we have carried out with compassion, faith, and fortitude for the past 96 years.

San José Clinic has been a pillar of the community for nearly a century. From its humble beginnings in a small frame house run solely through in-kind donations and a small team of volunteers, San José Clinic has gained standing as a preferred provider of healthcare services for Houston's uninsured, underserved community due to its reputation for compassionate, affordable care and the unparalleled quality of its services.

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