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Tyler (KYTX) -- Two health care groups will have more money to work with after a unanimous vote at Tyler City Hall this morning. Their clinics serve Tyler's indigent population.

With Total Healthcare shutdown, other healthcare groups are getting a piece of the pie. Bethesda Clinic is one of them, and administrators say the $33,000 awarded by the City of Tyler will help expand dental services.

"We're seeing the biggest growth there, and then we'll also use some for those medical cases that come up that need additional funding or additional supplies that patients can't provide themselves,"Dr. John English, CEO of Bethesda Health Clinic, said.

The money will also boost its nutritional program that educates lower-income patients on cooking and eating healthy. There's currently no real funding for it. "People throughout the community can come, have an interactive-cooking class, and that's continuing to expand as well," English said.

UT Northeast will use its cut for its newest clinic, UT Physicians of North Tyler.

"We are investing in that community very heavily right now to improve the health outcomes and population health of North Tyler," Dr. Kirk Calhoun, President of UT Health Northeast, said.

The primary care clinic cost around $250,000. "We had received earlier from the city $66,000 towards that cost. This next $33,000 will help us in staffing the clinic, and doing outreach," Calhoun said. 

That clinic just opened at the end of September, and hopes to add pediatric services in the future.

The contract to the different entities will be awarded on a year-to-year basis.

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