Cuellar signs off for new health center in Poteet



Congressman Henry Cuellar, left, and Atascosa Health Center CEO Monty Small, right, announced that the City of Poteet would will be welcoming a health center for its citizens on Oct. 4. REBECCA PESQUEDA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Congressman Henry Cuellar, left, and Atascosa Health Center CEO Monty Small, right, announced that the City of Poteet would will be welcoming a health center for its citizens on Oct. 4. REBECCA PESQUEDA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

On Sept. 1, Congressman Henry Cuellar and Atascosa Health Center (AHC) CEO Monty Small announced that the City of Poteet will be getting a new health center for its citizens.

With over $4 million allocated from the American

Rescue Plan, the AHC will also use the money to update the equipment for their medical and dental teams.

The grand opening of the Health Center is set for Oct. 4. The AHC originally opened in 1978 in Poteet, but closed. Since then, AHC has expanded into five counties with six different locations.

Bringing back the health center was described as a “vision” by Small. Cuellar added that having a vision was the next biggest step behind the budget.

“I’m a Democrat, but I look at the issues and what is best for my district,” Cuellar said. “Sometimes that upsets some of my democrats, but I’m there to vote for my district and not for my party.”

Small said bringing the health center back to where it started in Poteet has been a long process.

Dave Collett, Pastor of Poteet First United Methodist

Church, has also had an impact in the process.

“There’s been a lot of people who have pushed for this within our ministerial alliance,” Pastor Dave said. “It really was a long-term dream. There’s a lot of people north of our community in Poteet. This is going to give them a lot more opportunities for accessible health care. Oct. 4 is going to be a big celebration for healthcare in our city.”

Cuellar finished the conference by saying he wants to have some balance when he approaches certain issues.

“Why can’t we have balance when we address it?” Cuellar said. “I think LBJ said it best when he said ‘I’m an American, I’m a Texan and then I’m a Democrat.’”

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