Bank of America Supports San José Clinic in Its Quest to Provide Critical Healthcare Amid Current Coronavirus Crisis
HOUSTON – May 15, 2020 – As coronavirus continues to impact the health and economic landscape of our state, the need for adequate healthcare to support the uninsured and underserved is increasingly more critical. San José Clinic, with the support of Bank of America, is responding to the current challenges head on.
With Bank of America’s $60,000 grant, San José Clinic will further the goal of providing uninterrupted care to those that rely entirely on the clinic for basic and complex healthcare needs, as well as ensure adequate protective supplies for the many healthcare employees and volunteer providers responsible for the care of the clinic’s more than 3,800 patients.
San José Clinic is a safety-net charity clinic located in Houston serving patients with no other access to healthcare from more than 30 counties across southeast Texas. Unlike Federally Qualified Health Clinics, San José Clinic relies solely on philanthropic funding to operate. The clinic does not accept Medicaid, Medicare or third-party insurance and, as such, its patients do not qualify for these programs nor can they afford to purchase insurance in the marketplace.
For the past two months, San José Clinic has implemented many of the same safety protocols as the major healthcare organizations in our community, in accordance with CDC guidelines. Due to the high-risk population that the clinic serves, closing its doors would be a major burden for the local healthcare system.
More than two-thirds of the clinic’s patient population lives with chronic disease, putting them at a very high risk of mortality, should they contract coronavirus. An additional and considerable mitigating factor is that these patients are often part of the population of individuals losing their jobs because of the economic turmoil at hand.
Bank of America recently announced a $100 million commitment to support communities around the world during this time of need. Here in Houston, as part of this effort, the bank is working with local nonprofits that are going above and beyond to provide assistance to those in urgent need amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Bank of America is supporting 23 Houston nonprofits, with a total current investment of $1.4 million, helping to further their efforts to deliver essential and basic services to the most vulnerable, including rental assistance, medical services, homelessness prevention over a wide geography, and food insecurity – a particularly urgent need in the Houston community.
“Our nonprofits are rising to the enormous challenges due to the coronavirus, as they continue to serve the needs of Houston’s most vulnerable residents,” said Hong Ogle, Bank of America Houston Market President. “We are supporting local nonprofits like San José Clinic because together we can make a difference and help deploy critical healthcare services to those at greatest risk of falling through the cracks of standard healthcare systems.”
“Bank of America has been a steadfast supporter of San Jose Clinic’s for almost a decade. They truly understand the needs of the patients that we take care of and have been invaluable to us over the years,” said Maureen Sanders, San José Clinic President & CEO. “With their support, we are able to move forward with our mission.”
For more information, please access the clinic’s website: www.sanjoseclinic.org
About San Jose Clinic
For 98 years, San José Clinic has grown into a leading healthcare provider of quality healthcare services for individuals and families in the Greater Houston area and surrounding communities who struggle the most with accessing care. The Clinic began with the vision of Monsignor Walsh, a donation of $50 from the Charity Guild of Catholic Women and volunteers from the community, who all came together with the same hope of breaking down barriers to healthcare for the underserved. The clinic proudly upholds the legacy of its founders by continuing to provide healthcare for those who need a health home the most, including primary and specialty medical and dental care as well as laboratory and pharmacy services. San José Clinic is a United Way agency and a ministry of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
San Jose Clinic operates as a 501(c)3 and continues to uphold the standards of both the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics and the Texas Association of Charitable Clinics
San José Clinic provides quality healthcare and education to those with limited access to such services in an environment which respects the dignity of each person. It is a Texas Medical Center member institution, a United Way agency and a ministry of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
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