The mission of San José Clinic is 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, the original safety-net clinic in Houston, has steadfastly grown into a leading provider of quality healthcare services for individuals and families in the Greater Houston area 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. Ninety years later, we proudly uphold the legacy of our 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 vision, laboratory and pharmacy services.
This number, especially in the current economic environment, continues to rise. In keeping with our original call for volunteerism, in 2013 San José Clinic utilized 802 volunteers who together contributed 24,284 hours of service at a value of $756,287. There were 662 patient care volunteers, including dentists, physicians, registered dental hygienists, registered nurses and medical and dental assistants. The 140 patient support volunteers included students, retirees, corporate employees, and family and friends who assisted administratively through medical transcription, chart auditing and special events, among many other projects.
The Clinic relies on volunteers, donated medications and supplies, and philanthropic support, which combine to keep the clinic costs at a minimum. Last year, the Clinic received $2.8 million worth of prescription medicine through the Patient Assistance Program, over $450,000 worth of medical laboratory services from The Methodist Hospital Community Benefits Program and over $2.7 million in philanthropic support.
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