Mobile Medical Clinic Arrives To Houston To Help with Disaster Response

Press Release | Stephen F. Austin Community Health Center | September 3, 2017

Helping to Heal the Hurts of Hurricane Harvey

September 3, 2017--Stephen F. Austin Community Health Center (SFACHC) is responding to the urgent need for medical help in Brazoria and Galveston communities with the help of Clinica Sierra Vista, a community health center in California. Clinica Sierra Vista is sending a fully equipped medical and dental mobile unit to assist SFACHC care for the displaced residents along the Texas coast where catastrophic Hurricane Harvey flooded homes and vehicles and is preventing the sick and vulnerable from accessing necessary primary care.

The Texas Association of Community Health Centers (TACHC) connected Clinica Sierra Vista of Bakersfield, CA with SFACHC, with administrative headquarters in Alvin, TX.

Stephen W. Schilling, CEO of Clinica Sierra Vista, was at a conference of health-care professionals in San Diego the weekend that Hurricane Harvey hit, and sought out the Texas delegation to offer Clinica’s help. Jose Camacho, executive director of the TACHC, took him up on his offer, and the two worked out the logistics of the plan.

The Clinica Sierra Vista mobile unit meets the most rigorous standard of care, making it a health center on wheels, capable of going where the greatest need is. The air-conditioned mobile features exam rooms, state-of-the-art equipment and restrooms

SFACHC, a federally qualified community health center, provides quality integrated, comprehensive medical, dental and behavioral health care. The health center will drive the borrowed 44-foot-long medical and dental mobile unit to shelters in Angleton, Clute, Brazoria and other area of identified need. The goal is to address primary medical concerns that evacuees are not receiving due to transportation and access issues at this time.

SFACHC provides integrated medical, dental and behavioral health care out of three clinic sites in Alvin and one in Freeport. SFACHC also provides primary health care services at three centers in Alvin, Angleton, and Galveston through a collaboration with Gulf Coast Centers, the MHMR authority for Brazoria and Galveston Counties. SFACHN also has two school based health centers in Freeport and a dental clinic in Pearland. SFACHC added two telemedicine/telehealth (mental health) sites in 2017; one in Clute at the Brazoria County Dream Center and the other at the Salvation Army Shelter in Freeport. 

Visit the website for a complete list of sites and hours of operations at www.sfachn.org.

The schedule for the mobile unit for the week of 9/4-9/8 is as follows:

  • Monday: Angleton Shelter/Brazoria County Dream Center
  • Tuesday: United Way of Galveston
  • Wednesday: United Way of Galveston
  • Thursday: Angleton Shelter/Brazoria County Dream Center
  • Friday: Angleton Shelter/Brazoria County Dream Center

Please follow us on Facebook @sfachn or visit our website at www.sfachn.org to stay up to date on the schedule for the mobile unit.

Contact Ezreal Garcia for more information or requests to arrange for SFACHC to
provide medical, dental and behavioral health care to Hurricane Harvey shelter evacuees.

CONTACT:

Mark Young, Stephen F. Austin Community Health Center CEO, 281.824.1480
Ezreal Garcia, Stephen F. Austin Community Health Center, Business Development & Special Projects Officer.