For nearly a century, the San José Clinic has been providing a health care home to the underserved population of Houston and its surrounding areas. Since 1922, the clinic has been able to provide high-quality care to its patients through strong volunteer support—23,000 volunteer hours are logged each year—as well as through partnerships with a number of Texas Medical Center member institutions. TMC recently further strengthened its relationship with the San José Clinic by making it an official member of the medical center.
“The San José Clinic’s mission to provide quality health care and education to those with limited access to such services is complementary to the mission and goals of the Texas Medical Center and its member institutions,” said Robert C. Robbins, M.D., president and CEO of Texas Medical Center. “We look forward to a strong and enduring relationship that will benefit the Clinic, the Texas Medical Center community and the larger populace we serve.”
Annually, the clinic serves over 4,000 uninsured patients, providing primary and specialty care, optometry, dental care, cancer screenings, mental health services, lab and diagnostic testing, and access to an onsite Class A pharmacy.
“We have been collaborating with several of the institutions in the Texas Medical Center for years,” said Paule Anne Lewis, president and CEO of the San José Clinic. “Our partnerships are mutually beneficial. We are able to offer a wider range of care to our patients because of the specialties our partners offer, and we also help to keep our uninsured patients out of the emergency room and help keep them healthier over all.”
Many of the San José Clinic’s patients face a variety of issues that make accessing medical care difficult, including language, education, transportation and financial barriers.
“By bringing the resources from the medical center here to our clinic, the setting that is most appropriate for our patients, it helps us to manage those social determinants of health and address their clinical needs,” Lewis said.
The TMC has partnered with the San José Clinic on programs including its annual Art with Heart fundraising gala, which last year was hosted at TMCx. Denise Castillo-Rhodes, TMC executive vice president and chief financial officer, supported the clinic’s inclusion as a member.
“Almost a century ago, the Texas Medical Center legacy began with the admittance of its first patient to the first hospital in what would become the world’s largest medical complex. At the same time not too far down the road, a little known clinic was formed with a $50 donation for the purpose of providing health care access for those with limited access,” said Denise Castillo-Rhodes, executive vice president and chief financial officer of the Texas Medical Center, as well as a volunteer for the San José Clinic. “The San Jose Clinic serves a very important role in our community. Thus, it is a natural next step for the San Jose Clinic to join the Texas Medical Center as its newest member, as it continues to grow and provide extraordinary health care and education at affordable prices.”
In the future, as an official member of the TMC, Lewis plans to expand the San José Clinic’s partnerships throughout the medical center and to continue offering the best possible health care for their patients.
“We are really grateful to the TMC leadership and the organization as a whole for recognizing our contributions and the role we play in taking care of the patient population here in Houston,” Lewis said. “We currently have students from 12 Texas Medical Center institutions making rounds in our clinic and I can’t wait to see how this partnership of us being a TMC member institution will further our volunteer and partnership base.”
“Veterans might be eligible for things they had no idea they were eligible for, no matter what age,” says Kim, an Army National Guard Veteran. She urges Veterans to take advantage of their VA benefits.#ExploreVA health care: https://t.co/0NWKCkAgpl#WomensHistoryMonth
Sintoniza y escucha Liberman Media Radiotón en EL NORTE 107.9FM, LA RAZA 103.3FM o 98.5FM y La Ranchera 850AM o 101.7FM el 28 y 29 de marzo. Obtén más información: https://t.co/oc0IpWZQ7e https://t.co/Iylq9eQw6V
Veterans talking Veterans back from the brink: A new approach to policing and lives in crisis https://t.co/uVpsxq1Pgs via @washingtonpost
How we’re helping #AYAcancer patients and survivors navigate life with #cancer: https://t.co/4xILlEE9VU @mroth_MD @jalivingston_md #endcancer
In cohort of #melanoma and #kidneycancer patients, study led by @JenWargoMD found B cells may be effective in predicting which #cancer patients will respond to #immunotherapy: https://t.co/5yQlDjKwCX #CancerMoonshot #AACR19 #endcancer
After delaying her colonoscopy, 66-year-old Brenda’s screening revealed shocking news—she had cancer. Read her story: https://t.co/EVuApzmgPK
@MrsDeniseannco3 @MelanomaReAlli @washingtonpost @NobelPrize We'll be thinking of your husband.
MD Anderson Cancer CenterMDAnderson
“We’re working on ways to improve the function of the blood vessels so we can get chemotherapy to the places that need it most – the tumors,” says Dr. Keri Schadler, whose research is exploring how exercise can help get chemotherapy into solid tumors more efficiently, leading our patients toward better outcomes. #endcancer
.@VALebanon offers care through video chat app https://t.co/Mm9zVUI84L via @LebanonTown
RT @BakerInstitute: Starting Now: Anita Hill takes the stage to talk about how to stop sexual harassment in the workplace. #MeTooWatch th…
RT @RiceUNews: "I suspect that many of you have the idea that things are so entrenched that we can’t make change," Anita Hill tells the cro…
After delaying her colonoscopy, 66-year-old Brenda’s screening revealed shocking news—she had cancer. Read her story: http://spr.ly/6187EZ2YN
Our investigators conduct hundreds of studies, ranging from small, short-term studies to large trials with thousands of patients across many institutions. See our current clinical trials: https://t.co/3ulBSYdEhZ #clinicaltrials #research https://t.co/Sf6yBq7Dmm
Baylor College of MedicineBaylorCollegeOfMedicine
Have you voted in STAT Madness yet? Our research on a common antibiotic that has been shown to damage the heart is looking to make it into the Final 4. #STATMadness
U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsVeteransAffairs
Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Audie Murphy. By the end of World War II, he became one of the most decorated soldiers in the United States Army.Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, 16-year-old Audie Murphy attempted to enlist with the United States Marine Corps. After being turned down from the Marines for being too short, Audie successfully managed to enlist with the United States Army. He then received basic training at Camp Wolters, Texas and advanced infantry training at Fort Meade, Maryland.Audie began his combat tour in the Mediterranean theater with B Company, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division under Major General Lucian Truscott. There, he participated in the assault on Arzew, Algeria, the Allied assaults on Sicily, and the invasions of mainland Italy.After the Allied victory over Italy, Audie and the 15th Infantry Regiment joined the Allied push through France. On Jan. 26, 1945, near the village of Holtzwihr in eastern France, Audie’s forward positions came under fierce attack by German forces. Against the onslaught of six Panzer tanks and 250 infantrymen, Audie ordered his men to fall back to better their defenses. Alone, he mounted an abandoned burning tank destroyer and, with a single machine gun, contested the enemy's advance. Wounded in the leg during the heavy fire, Audie remained there for nearly an hour, repelling the attack of German soldiers on three sides and single-handedly killing 50 of them. His courageous performance stalled the German advance and allowed him to lead his men in the counterattack which ultimately drove the enemy from Holtzwihr. For this he was awarded the Medal of Honor.Following the war, Audie had a 21-year acting career, including his performance in the 1955 autobiographical film, To Hell and Back. Throughout his life, Audie struggled with what is now known as post-traumatic stress disorder, caused by his experiences in Europe. Audie died in 1971 in a plane crash near Catawba, Virginia. He is laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.Today, on National Medal of Honor Day, we honor his service.