Congressman Cuellar announces $222,000 in grants for Atascosa Health Center, Inc.

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) presented the Atascosa Health Center with a check in the amount of $222,000 to provide health care services to rural and vulnerable communities in Atascosa, McMullen and Wilson counties. Pictured, from left, are Congressman Cuellar; Tammy Favor, Board Member; Kara Luna, Board Member; Maria Garcia, CFO; Monty Small, CEO; Mary Rivera, Licensed Professional Counselor; Virginia Herring, Board Member; Henry Salas, Board Member and LaJuana Newnam-Leus, Board Member. See story on page 3A. REBECCA PESQUEDA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) presented the Atascosa Health Center with a check in the amount of $222,000 to provide health care services to rural and vulnerable communities in Atascosa, McMullen and Wilson counties. Pictured, from left, are Congressman Cuellar; Tammy Favor, Board Member; Kara Luna, Board Member; Maria Garcia, CFO; Monty Small, CEO; Mary Rivera, Licensed Professional Counselor; Virginia Herring, Board Member; Henry Salas, Board Member and LaJuana Newnam-Leus, Board Member. See story on page 3A. REBECCA PESQUEDA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

On Tuesday, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX- 28) announced $222,000 for Atascosa Health Center in order to provide health care services to rural and vulnerable communities in Atascosa, McMullen and Wilson counties. Specifically, the Atascosa Health Center will receive one grant totaling $167,000 from the Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) supplemental funding and a second one for $55,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Health Center Quality Improvement Program and Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition.

The Atascosa Health Center, Inc. is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQCH) that offers a broad range of health services to more than 12,000 patients annually across Atascosa, Karnes, Wilson, Live Oak, and McMullen counties. AHC has a network of six rural clinics which pro vide services regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. The center is committed to serving all patients without regard to race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, disability or ability to pay for services.

“No one should have difficulty accessing medical facilities or health care providers because of where they choose to live, yet for too many people in South Texas, that is a real problem,” said Congressman Cuellar. “These federal funds will ensure Atascosa Health Center is able to provide critical health care services to underserved rural communities in Atascosa, McMullen and Wilson counties. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to fund community health clinics and medical centers, who are the back bone to delivering primary care and preventative care for low-income and vulnerable communities.”

“I would like to thank Monty Small, CEO of the Atascosa Health Center, to make our community healthier. I also want to thank the City of Pleasanton and the City of Karnes for engaging in this critical mission.”

Atascosa Health Center CEO Monty Small said, “The Atascosa Health Center, Inc. covers five counties, covering approximately 5000 square miles in south central Texas through our six delivery sites. In 2018, AHC served over 17,000 patients with over 48000 visits. If we saw a reduction in funding, we would be forced to downsize our medical, dental, and behavioral health staff drastically which means many of our patients would lose access to primary health care and end up in our Hospital Emergency Rooms. Congressman Cuellar has always been a champion for Community Health Centers and has always done what is best for Community Health Centers. We are thankful for his efforts in serving our community and helping us secure this funding to continue serving our communities.”

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