NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches community clinic is successfully shifting its focus in a rapidly changing health care industry.
There's a new name, a new director and even a new wing.
However, the executive director explained The Brown Family Health Center will always hold onto its core belief.
"This is the new exam wing," said Karen Cooper, the Brown Family Health Center's director.
Karen Cooper is the new executive director of what is now called the Brown Family Health Center.
She's the daughter of longtime director, Dr. Wilbert Brown. Administratively he's stepped down, but his mission statement carries on.
"We've been offering quality services with compassion for over 21 years," Cooper said.
It was offered primarily exclusively to HIV and AIDS clients. It was called Health Horizons and was about the only place the patients were served. Things have changed.
"So that name change has allowed us to take away that stigma that Health Horizons has put on our HIV and AIDS clients," Cooper said. "Now HIV and AIDS is managed just like any other chronic disease, just like diabetes, just like high blood pressure."
Consequently, funding is more readily available for rural health services where everyone is served.
"We are serving everyone from the children to the elderly," Cooper said. "We're accepting most private insurances, in addition to Medicaid and Medicare and walk-ins are always welcomed here at Brown Family Health Center."
Illnesses, preventive health, and school and work-related physicals are offered.
All the while HIV and AIDS prevention continue. Interns are helping with Saturday's Teen Summit.
"We're basically gathering all the teens in Nacogdoches to make them aware of HIV and AIDS and how to protect themselves," said Keundra Cotter, a Stephen F. Austin State University intern.
No matter the service, the Brown Family Health Center says it's loyal to a community with so many different needs.
On Friday, The Brown Family Health Center will have an open house.
It will start with a ribbon cutting with the Brown family, financial donors, and city dignitaries as special guests.
The open house is from 1 to 3 p.m., and the clinic is located off East Main in Nacogdoches.