Agency provides health care to working uninsured adults - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Agency provides health care to working uninsured adults

Posted: Updated:
TYLER (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - Bethesda Health Clinic, at 409 W. Ferguson St., opened Sept. 6, 2003. The faith-based clinic was established to provide affordable health care to working uninsured adults.

The name "Bethesda" means house of mercy in Hebrew, and founders of the health clinic have said they felt the name was appropriate for their mission.

According to chapter five of Book of John, Bethesda was a pool near Jerusalem that healed the sick when the water was stirred by an angel.

Once designated for Smith County adults, the clinic has served some people from surrounding counties. Patients learn about the clinic by word of mouth or from a referral. Primary care needs, dental care, nutrition classes, diabetes education and prescription assistance are among the services offered.

By the end of the first year, the clinic had 4,400 patient visits. This year, they've had 18,500 patient visits. There have been 2,650 dental visits, up from 300 in 2011, and the clinic has had 2,600 nutrition program participants.
 
Patients typically pay between $10 and $30 for services and nutrition classes are free.

Bethesda Health Clinic is largely supported by donors and volunteers. This year, they've garnered more than 25,000 volunteer hours.

The clinic has had $1.9 million in donated medications through a partnership with the PATH patient assistance program.

Its budget is $1,876,613, with no funding from any government agency. Of their funding, 22 percent comes from individuals/couples; 37 percent from patient fees; 12 percent from special events; 6 percent from businesses; 6 percent from churches; 15 percent from local foundations; and 2 percent from other sources.

John English, the clinic's executive director, said they are able to operate because of their faith and faith in the community.

"It's hard to underestimate the value of that volunteer service," he said. "You have people coming (who are) so caring and willing to do it. I think our staff feels called to be here."
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Jacksonville Communications Officer Killed in One Vehicle Crash

    Jacksonville Communications Officer Killed in One Vehicle Crash

    Monday, April 14 2014 11:31 PM EDT2014-04-15 03:31:53 GMT
    SMITH COUNTY (KYTX) -- DPS says a woman is dead after a crash Monday afternoon.  It happened just before 2:00 p.m. at the intersection of Mixon Road and Yarborough Lane in Smith County.  At this pointMore >>
    A Jacksonville Police communications officer has died after a crash Monday afternoon.
    More >>
  • Family remembers Fort Hood shooting victim with Illinois ties

    Family remembers Fort Hood shooting victim with Illinois ties

    Thursday, April 3 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-04-04 02:35:25 GMT
    EFFINGHAM (WCIA)  -- One of the victims in a deadly shooting in Fort Hood went to school in central Illinois. Family members say 37-year-old Army Sergeant Tim Owens went to Southside Elementary in Effingham.  Owens'More >>
    One of the victims in a deadly shooting in Fort Hood went to school in central Illinois. Family members say 37-year-old Army Sergeant Tim Owens went to Southside Elementary in Effingham.More >>
  • Hallsville Student Finds Used Needle on School's Playground

    Hallsville Student Finds Used Needle on School's Playground

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:43 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:43:25 GMT
    HALLSVILLE (KYTX) - A situation to make any parent worry. Pamela Kelly says her 4 year old son came home from school recently with a hole in his hand. Tyler Kelly goes to Pre-K here, at the Little Cats Learning Center in Hallsville. Kelly says since coming forward with this news,she has received thanks from other parents."They have been extremely thankful. So they can be more proactivand morere on the look out." - Pamela Kelly, Tyler'Mom Thehe school made this statement to CBS 19 via email. T...More >>
    HALLSVILLE (KYTX) - A situation to make any parent worry. Pamela Kelly says her 4 year old son came home from school recently with a hole in his hand. Tyler Kelly goes to Pre-K here, at the Little Cats Learning Center in Hallsville. Kelly says since coming forward with this news,she has received thanks from other parents."They have been extremely thankful. So they can be more proactivand morere on the look out." - Pamela Kelly, Tyler'Mom Thehe school made this statement to CBS 19 via email. T...More >>
Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2004 - 2014, WorldNow and KYTX, Owned and Operated by London Broadcasting Company.
All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.