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2015-01-15

HC Pregnancy Care Center expands services

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The Hill Country Pregnancy Care Center recently received a grant that will fund expanded community education programs and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. Although the HCPCC had previously provided limited community education and testing, the treatment aspect is new.
The San Antonio metropolitan area - which includes towns in the surrounding Hill Country - has one of the highest rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea in the United States. These sexually transmitted diseases particularly impact sexually active youth due to their lack of knowledge about transmission, symptoms and availability of treatment.
Recently, the Peterson Foundation in Kerrville provided a grant to the HCPCC to reach out to Schreiner University students and provide information and testing on campus. This well-received outreach effort resulted in Schreiner University nursing students interning at HCPCC.
During 2014, the HCPCC expanded service hours, nursing staff and programs. By collaborating with the Boerne YMCA, HCPCC offered free childbirth classes to the community. The Cordillera Ranch Shindig provided funding for that program. Additional evening and Friday hours were made possible through the individual donations.
The HCPCC is a Care Net medical facility with a medical director and a director of nursing on staff. In addition to lay counseling, HCPCC now provides free pregnancy tests, first trimester sonograms, STD testing and treatment, post-abortion Bible study and pre-natal, childbirth and parenting classes, as well as material assistance, networking and referral to maternity homes when needed.
For more information on the free and confidential services, individuals and couples can contact the HCPCC at 830-249-9717. Anyone interested in volunteering or donating to the nonprofit are urged to visit www.lifesprecious.org or the organization's Facebook page or to call 830-249-9717.