NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A new health clinic for North Lufkin is planned to open next year thanks to the expansion of the East Texas Community Health Services.
East Texas Community Health Services is headquartered in Nacogdoches, where thousands of uninsured and under-insured patients from all over East Texas receive care.
Robin Moore, the CEO of East Texas Community Health Services, expects their services will expand in the spring of 2017 to North Lufkin.
"It will start out as medical, and then we plan to by year two add additional medical and by year three to add dental," Moore said.
Moore knows the patient load in Nacogdoches will shift, but is confident the number of uninsured patients, under-insured low income, plus low-income Medicare patients and Medcaid patients will support two clinics.
"We'll have somewhere in the realm of a thousand to fifteen hundred patients per medical provider," Moore said.
A $650,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will fund operational costs. The Angelina County & Cities Health District provided a letter of support in the grant application.
"This funding is vital to the strategic partnership between the health district and the East Texas Community Health to establish a satellite in North Lufkin, an impoverished community undergoing transformation," Moore said.
North Lufkin is improving thru the support of Temple-Inland, the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Social Work, and community partners. An accessible health clinic will significantly advance the revitalization effort.