William F. McKeon, Texas Medical Center president and chief executive officer, was the featured speaker at San José Clinic’s annual Fall Speaker Series luncheon on Nov. 1. The clinic welcomed more than 300 health care professionals, community leaders, patients and donors for a discussion about the latest developments at the clinic and innovation in health care communities.
McKeon was interviewed by Bob Charlet, president and publisher of the Houston Business Journal.
“The most innovative health care communities are the ones that are starting to find resources that are applied elsewhere,” McKeon said. “Most of the volunteers coming into the San José Clinic are coming from the medical center. They work really hard at the medical center, but in their heart they volunteer here to come and give back to the community, and to me that is innovative.”
The non-profit clinic has been offering affordable health care to Houston’s uninsured and under-insured for nearly a century through health care partnerships and fundraisers.
“Nearly 60 percent of low-income adults in Harris County are uninsured,” said Paule Anne Lewis, president and chief executive officer of the San José Clinic. “Our patients, not just locally in Harris County, but out as far as we can reach them, live at or below the federal poverty line and need access to care.”
In 2016, the San José Clinic became the 58th member of the Texas Medical Center.
“If you look at the care the clinic has provided for almost a century—high-quality, low-cost care—that’s exactly what the community needs,” McKeon said. “People need to go get their medications, they need to get their diagnosis. And our emergency rooms are not the best place to do early detection and primary care.”
Because of its partnerships with Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Houston, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and others, the San Jose Clinic is able to offer a health care home to more than 3,000 patients annually, providing primary care, women’s health services, specialty care, dental care, diagnostics, vision and full pharmacy services.
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