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Nagel Clinic hosts expansion dedication


Photo: Clearly excited, Prescription Assistant Manager Cassie Pimpinella celebrated the pouring of the slab for the expansion of Bandera's Arthur Nagel Community Clinic. A dedication ceremony and open house will be held for the newly completed construction will take place at 5:30 pm, Thursday, Sept. 25, at Helping Hand's Village of Hope, 1116 12th Street.

Beginning with a $150,000 gift from retired Kerrville Councilman Arthur Nagel and assisted by the clinic's "Fun Raising" Committee with Chairmen Pat and Cindy Breedlove, Helping Hand and various area foundations, the dream of having a free community clinic in Bandera County became reality on May 12, 2008, when the Arthur Nagel Community Clinic opened its doors for the first time. Six years later, the Clinic has grown from 127 patient visits in 2008 to 245 in 2014.
Now, to accommodate the growth, the clinic has recently completed its new 2,200 square foot expansion. To honor this achievement, the clinic will host a Dedication Ceremony and Open House, beginning at 5:30 pm, Thursday, Sept. 25, at Helping Hand's Village of Hope, 1116 12th Street. The community is invited to attend the celebration and tour the expansion.
Through the combined generosity of Perry and Ruby Stevens Charitable Foundation, Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, Bandera Community Foundation, JE and LE Mabee Foundation, Methodist Healthcare Ministries and the Bandera County community, the clinic raised the $450,000 necessary to complete the building expansion project, doubling the size of the existing facility.
The community clinic provides primary and preventive healthcare services to county residents without other access to medical care. The clinic's target population includes uninsured residents whose incomes are less than 200 percent of Federal Poverty Guidelines - approximately 4,200 county residents.
To reach potential qualifying patients, the recently launched Project Community Awareness increased community outreach through health education. The new teaching kitchen and the Louise Lake Davis Education Room enable the clinic to host "Healthy Cooking" classes and "Get-Healthy" exercise and mental health workshops that focus on helping patients learn new healthy lifestyle habits.
Since a fundamental goal of Arthur Nagel Community Clinic is to make Bandera County healthier, many of these activities will be open to the community.
Current Clinic Board of Directors includes President Lon Yaeger, Interim Vice President Bob Grimes, Secretary Barbara Shepard, Treasurer Bruce Hanks, as well as Jayne Bones, Florida Barnes, Mike Smith, Brian Cleary, RN and Toni Serene, RN. Full time and part-time clinic employees include Executive Director Bruce Hanks; Nurse Practitioners, Debbie Zacheus, Sharon Wright, and Tom Mackey; Healthcare Coordinator Susan Broa; Medical Assistant Patti Raab; Prescription Assistant Manager Cassie Pimpinella; Receptionist Angelica Arreola-Hernandez; Office Administrator Genny Thomson; and Director of Development K. Irene Stone. Zacheus serves as the clinic's primary care provider. She and the other medical providers work under the direction of the clinic's volunteer Medical Director Dr. Saleh Jaafar, a Bandera physician. Dr. Sandra Haldeman, a gynecologist, oversees the Well Woman program. The Clinic's volunteers - half of whom are healthcare professionals - also assist with the day-to-day clinical operations. Clinic hours are 8:30 am to 4 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Appointments and volunteer interviews can be scheduled by calling 830-796-3448. To make a donation in support of the clinic's primary care program, call Stone at 830-796-3448 or visit www.nagelclinic.org.