The Community Health Clinic (CHC) believes that healthcare is a basic human need and our dedicated staff and volunteers are continuing to insure our reach to the medically under-served in the community has been achieved. There are 1,056 patients seen at CHC. These patients are low-income uninsured individuals who would present at the emergency rooms as their only healthcare option. Since 2004, CHC has treated and provided medical services at no cost to thousands of residents in Collin County. This has greatly benefited the local community and businesses by providing our patients the care they need to continue working and having a positive impact on the community. CHC has helped to take the stress off of the emergency rooms in Collin County and has been a referral resource for the hospitals and social service agencies within Collin County. CHC's goal is to offer a comprehensive chronic healthcare program to help combat chronic conditions and to improve patient's quality of life. We provide a strong coordinated chronic disease management program through effective and proven treatment plans, education and medication compliance. Our providers influence and guide patients to manage their healthcare by using effective and efficient clinical care and self-management support. We have created a medical home for patients to help improve health-related outcomes and increase behavioral improvements. CHC relies heavily on a volunteer staff of 8 medical doctors, 10 nurse practitioners, 12 registered nurses and 35 office staff who have donated over 10,000 volunteer service hours last year.
"Jack" presented to the clinic with very elevated blood sugars. He was diagnosed with diabetes and placed on pills and insulin to bring his blood sugar down to safe levels. He was also extensively educated on lifestyle modifications by our nurse practitioner and nurse volunteering that day. Three months later, I was his follow up nurse practitioner, and I was elated to see that the patient's blood sugars were now in the normal range! In addition to his taking his medications as prescribed, he started eating a strict diet low in carbohydrates and high in lean protein and vegetables. Despite his long work hours, he started an exercise program as well. Over the coming months, we were able to wean him off the medications as he continued his healthy lifestyle and managed his blood sugar through diet and activity. This highly motivated patient needed a lot of education and a little medical support in order to completely turn his health around, which the clinic and its dedicated volunteers were able to provide.
-M. Richards, FNP-C
-M. Richards, FNP-C