Lone Star Family Health Breaks Ground on New Clinic in Grangerland
Conroe, Texas, July 18, 2017 – In a ceremony yesterday, Lone Star Family Health Center (LSFHC) broke ground on a clinic that will be located on the campus of Conroe Independent School District’s (CISD) Ben Milam Elementary to serve the community of Grangerland.
“Our new Grangerland clinic will fill a large need for primary healthcare services in this part of our county,” said LSFHC CEO Karen Harwell.
Grangerland is situated within a federally designated Medically Underserved Area, meaning there is no access to primary medical care (a doctor’s office or clinic) within a 10-mile radius. In addition to scarce healthcare resources, the nearest grocery store or fresh food market requires travel to Conroe, New Caney or beyond. More than two-thirds of area residents live below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Line and have a median income lower than the average in Montgomery County. This means that families of four live on $55,900.00 annually.
When considering locations for a clinic in Grangerland, LSFHC recognized that placing the facility between four existing CISD school campuses would offer the greatest access to services for the community. CISD enthusiastically supported the idea of bringing healthcare to the area and agreed to lease property on the campus of Ben Milam Elementary for this purpose. The LSFHC clinic will operate within 1 mile of Grangerland Intermediate, Moorhead Junior High and Caney Creek High Schools, all campuses that exceed the state average for free and reduced lunch program enrollment, with Ben Milam student enrollment reaching nearly 80 percent.
“Unlike our three other clinics in Conroe, Spring and Willis, Grangerland will not receive any federal funding to support operations,” says Harwell, “but as a Community Health Center, we believe it is our responsibility to provide high quality, low-cost healthcare to everyone.”
LSFHC’s own cash reserves, along with support from the Simmons Foundation and Montgomery County Community Development, will open and operate this clinic. The clinic will be open to all community members, not only CISD students, and is expected to serve 480 patients through 1,200 visits in its first year. Clinic doors are expected to open in September of 2017 and will be staffed by Board Certified Family Medicine Physicians.
About Lone Star Family Health Center
Founded in 2002, Lone Star Family Health Center is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, Federally Qualified Health Center with a mission to provide compassionate, affordable healthcare and prepare tomorrow’s family medicine professionals. The health center’s main location is at 605 South Conroe Medical Drive next to Conroe Regional Medical Center with satellite clinics in Spring and Willis, TX and opening soon in the Grangerland area. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 936.539.4004.