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Growing Need for Affordable Health Care Prompts $3 Million Gift to complete construction of valuable Houston clinic November 07, 2019

(November 8, 2019) Irving, Texas-CHRISTUS Health, a faith-based Catholic health care system based in Irving, today announced a $3 million contribution to help finish the construction of a new building for CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic in Houston, Texas. The generous gift will allow the CHRISTUS Foundation for Healthcare the ability to build a larger facility than originally planned and address issues remaining from damage sustained during Hurricane Harvey, including addressing revised building standards and flood regulations.
Through the construction of this larger facility, CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic will now serve as the hub of the St. Austin Center, enabling CHRISTUS to be the leader in creating a true, comprehensive community center for Houston’s East End.

A larger space was also necessary as the old building was becoming too small to serve the needs of the community. CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic will double its footprint – from 4,500 to 8,000 square feet. The entire building is 17,000 square feet and will allow for additional clinic growth as needed, as well as provide space for community partners.
The new St. Mary’s Clinic will open to patients in early February 2020, with a dedication of the completed St. Austin’s Center in April 2020.

On Friday, CHRISTUS leaders presented a $3 million dollar check to Richard R. Torres, President of the CHRISTUS Foundation for Healthcare, Jonathan Frels, Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors for the CHRISTUS Foundation for Healthcare and Sister Rosanne Popp, M.D., a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of Houston (CCVI). Sister Popp serves as CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic Medical Director, and oversees a staff of 14.

CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic Facts
More than 23,000 patient visits in FY19
97 percent of patients are Hispanic
No insurance required / No eligibility requirements
Conditions treated include diabetes, high blood pressure; high cholesterol; gastritis; arthritis; dermatology issues; depression; menstrual problems; back and joint pain; bronchitis; minor injuries; thyroid, kidney, liver and heart disorders; podiatry services; nutrition education
Opened in the East End community in 2011