On Oct. 15, the new Poteet Health Center officially held its grand opening ceremony to the public. After Congressman Henry Cuellar and Atascosa County Health Center (AHC) CEO Monty Small announced the new health center on Sept. 1, the preparations began.
The AHC originally started in Poteet in 1978. Since then, the AHC has expanded into five counties with six different locations. The goal was to bring the center back to its original home. With the $4,099,500 awarded from Congress- man Cuellar, the dream turned into a reality.
Small, along with Maria Garcia, began the ceremony with the opening remarks and introduced each speaker to the podium. Speakers included Poteet First Methodist Pastor Dave Collett, Mayor Denise Sanchez, AHC Board of Directors Chair Lillian Cashmer, AHC Medical Director Dr. Rayford Mitchell, PCHC Physician Dr. Abraham Alecozay and Practice Manager PCHC Evelyn Regaldo.
Cuellar has secured a total of $59,815,581 in federal funding for the health center and will continue to work with Small to increase that number and ensure Poteet continues to have low-cost medical care.
“Without your leadership and support Congressman, we wouldn’t be here,” Small said. “This is the first time I can say this, but we have seven sites. We started in Poteet and the seventh site is here in Poteet.”
The new health center is located at 8555 N State Highway 16 in Poteet.