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Texas Health Plano Donates $40,000 to Preventive Care Clinic|
PLANO, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano is working with the Collin County Adult Clinic, St. Andrew United Methodist Church and its Seven Loaves Food Pantry & Community Center to open a new preventive care clinic in West Plano to serve Collin County residents in need.
The West Side Clinic will provide underserved Collin County residents with access to primary and preventive care, prescription medication and social services. The clinic, located on 15th Street between Coit Road and Plano Parkway, opens Oct. 6.
“One of the greatest needs in Collin County is access to primary health care.” said Danelle Parker, manager of Community Outreach Prevention and Education at Texas Health Plano. “People are coming to the emergency room for non-emergent conditions during normal doctor’s office hours. That tells us these patients don’t have access to a primary care physician.”
There are an estimated 126,995 people living without health insurance in Collin County, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The amount of uninsured patients seeking treatment at Texas Health Plano’s emergency room has increased by 8.5 percent since 2006. Last year alone, 7,357 uninsured patients were treated at the hospital’s emergency room, and that number is expected to grow by more than 10 percent by the end of 2010.
“We are thrilled to have the support to open a clinic on the west side of Plano to provide relief to those in need,” said John Ernst, executive director of the Collin County Adult Clinic. “Without that support we wouldn’t be able to open our doors and those people wouldn’t get served.”
The primary complaints Texas Health Plano has seen from uninsured or underinsured patients ages 18 to 45 who go to the emergency department with non-emergent conditions are abdominal pain, ankle sprain, bronchitis, urinary tract infection, headache, nausea and vomiting. For ages 41 to 65, the most common complaints were chest pain, headache, hypertension and neck or back pain.
The West Side Clinic will operate by appointment and will provide primary care that will help patients to manage their health conditions and prevent them from developing into more serious problems.
Texas Health Plano has provided a $20,000 grant to the Collin County Adult Clinic for the launch of the West Side Clinic and has committed to another $20,000 in support in 2011.
The 2010 donation will cover the initial cost of medications, medical supplies, office supplies, office equipment and furniture. The hospital will also provide volunteer support.
The Seven Loaves Food Pantry & Community Center, located in and supported by St. Andrew United Methodist Church, will refer clients in need of care to the West Side Clinic. Patients of Texas Health Plano’s emergency department may also receive a referral to the clinic upon discharge.
“We see folks that not only need food but need every other basic need,” said Rev. Janet Collinsworth, executive director of the Seven Loaves Food Pantry & Community Center and associate pastor at St. Andrew. “If they can’t afford food, they can’t afford basic needs like medical care. That’s why we are so excited to have this resource available to those we serve.”
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