Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) announced that the Atascosa Health Center has received a grant in the amount of $483,333 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for medical services at their new satellite health center in Live Oak County.
"This investment in our community and its health will ensure that Atascosa Health Center's patients have access to high quality healthcare even though they may live far from full-fledged hospitals," Congressman Cuellar said. "The fact that this grant is following so closely on the heels of the $5 million grant for a new health care facility I announced at Atascosa Health Center just this May highlights the federal government's commitment to investing in the health of our communities. I thank Mr. Monty Small for once again proving his leadership and congratulate him on receiving this well deserved grant."
The $483,333 in funding will help Atascosa Health Center establish a new satellite health center, the Live Oak Community Health Center, which will serve over 4,000 patients in its first year and 5,500 patients in its second year. Patients at the facility will have access to a wide range of services, including medical and dental care, substance abuse and mental health, prenatal and perinatal, cancer screenings and voluntary family planning services. Children will have access well-child services, dental care, immunizations, and pediatric vision and hearing screenings.
"It has been a long wait, but Atascosa Health Center will finally be able to provide the most needed health care to the residents of Live Oak and McMullen Counties. This milestone would not be possible without the funding received from the Health Resources and Services Administration," said Monty Small, CEO of Atascosa Health Center. "We have been working with many leaders of Live Oak and McMullen Counties for over the last 5 years on this project - I would like to thank Judge Huff, Mayor Liska, Merrill Foster, the Three Rivers Senior Citizen Center, Judy McAda and our local Hospital, South Texas Regional Medical Center and our two congressmen, Congressman Hinojosa and Congressman Cuellar. Our sincere thanks to everyone's hard work and collaboration on the new "Live Oak Community Health Center."
Since 1978, Atascosa Health Center, Inc., has provided primary health care, dental services and referral services to the uninsured, underinsured, undocumented and other low-income residents of Atascosa County. The new satellite clinic will be the third, with other satellite clinics in Wilson and Karnes counties.