Tomball - Magnolia Edition | July 2021

HEALTH CARE TOMAGWAaddsdental clinic, continueshealthcarecenter transition

BY ANNA LOTZ

community,” said Amber Lovatos, director of dental clinic administra- tion, in the release. The dental clinic has been in the works since August 2019, when the clinic reopened in Magnolia following nancial challenges. “COVID-19 delayed our progress,” CEO Timika Simmons said in the release. “Providing more care, oer- ing more hope and restoring dignity to those most in need is the ultimate reward in all of this.” At the same time, TOMAGWA’s timeline for submitting its applica- tion and entertaining a site visit to transition from a nonprot health care clinic to an FQHC has been delayed, Simmons said. However, TOMAGWA is on track to receive its FQHC look-alike designation by the end of 2021. TOMAGWA had secured 70% of the $518,500 needed for the transition as of July 19, Senior Director of Development Katina Mein said in an email. The Tomball Regional Health

TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries expanded its services in Magnolia with the opening of a dental clinic May 3, the nonprot health care organization announced in a June 30 release. Further, TOMAGWA is con- tinuing to seek approval as a federally qualied health care center, or FQHC, which would allow the organization to be more nancially sustainable, accept Medicare and Medicaid payments, and broaden its services for residents, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. The new Magnolia dental clinic is open two days per week, oering comprehensive services such as checkups, cleanings, llings and extractions, according to the release. “[The] majority of TOMAGWA’s dental patients live in Montgomery County and face signicant barriers to care, due to lack of dental provid- ers in the area and transportation. We wanted to nd a way to bring services to patients in their own

What does being a federally qualied health care centermean? Becoming an FQHC would allow the clinic access to more funding and resources as well as providing residents greater access to more comprehensive care, such as pediatrics and mental health. As of July 19, TOMAGWA had secured 70% of the $518,500 needed to transition to a federally qualied health care center .

70%

of TOMAGWA’s FQHC transition funding secured

SOURCE: TOMAGWA HEALTHCARE MINISTRIES COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Foundation provided a grant of $127,500 for the transition, according to a June 17 release. “Becoming a FQHC can give TOMAGWA the stability they need to continue to provide quality health care, oer hope, and restores dignity to the uninsured and low-income families and individuals,” said Lynn LeBouef, CEO of the health founda- tion, in the June 17 release. TOMAGWA has obtained Medicare

and Medicaid numbers, allowing the clinic to begin providing medical services to a greater population, including local children and senior citizens who previously did not meet TOMAGWA’s eligibility requirements, according to the release. “Expanding our capacity to provide pediatrics, women’s health, geriatrics, radiology and mental health is the true blessing in all of this,” Simmons said in the June 17 release.

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