San José Clinic answers Christ’s call to protect dignity, health of most vulnerable

August 16, 2016

HOUSTON — San José Clinic, a ministry of the Archdiocese that has served individuals and families with limited access to healthcare services since 1922, has grown into a leading provider in the Houston area. 

Serving more than 4,300 uninsured and under-served individuals with comprehensive medical, dental and pharmacy care annually, San José Clinic’s mission is to provide quality healthcare and education to those with limited access to such services in an environment that respects the dignity of each person.

“The care provided at the Clinic is vital to keeping our community, and the Archdiocese, healthy,” said Paule Anne Lewis, president and CEO of San José Clinic. “The Clinic is a ministry of the Archdiocese that ensures God’s children do not slip through the cracks of healthcare, and that all have a safe, beautiful, dignified health home to which they can turn.”

In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, San José Clinic is a living example of real people showing God’s love and mercy to those without access to quality healthcare. It is one of 60 ministries supported by the Diocesan Services Fund (DSF). 

“The Clinic is dedicated to ensuring those who face economic and social challenges are not denied the right to quality healthcare,” Lewis said. “It is with conviction of our sacred purpose that San José Clinic ensures that His mercy endures through their ministry, despite economic and political challenges.”

Recently, one Houstonian in need, named Armida, not only found a health home at San José Clinic for her medical, dental and pharmacy care, but also found treatment for her struggle with depression after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. 
“San José Clinic educates you, protects you and shows you how to go about living your life,” said Armida. “The Clinic is excellent. They are very friendly and considerate of their patients.”

To ensure the care they offer continues to meet the needs of those living in the Archdiocese, San José Clinic continues to expand its comprehensive health services. Lewis said one such example is the Clinic’s recent addition of mental health counseling, a vital component of their patients’ overall health.

“Through the generosity of our funders and academic partners, the Clinic also recently added diagnostic abdominal, vascular and thyroid ultrasounds, as well as physical therapy for our patients,” Lewis said. “By giving our patients access to these expanded services within their health home, San José Clinic can serve as good stewards of our patients’ time as we expand our comprehensive health services.”

Throughout the year, San José Clinic partners with local organizations for dental service days, which provide oral health treatment and education for children, as well as nutritional counseling sessions that include fresh, healthy foods for patients in partnership with the Houston Food Bank.

Lewis believes the ministry depends on the generosity of parishioners contributing to DSF to ensure that its mission can endure.

“It is with the assistance of donors like the DSF contributors that those who depend on receiving healthcare services in accordance with the teachings of the Church can access the medical attention needed to promote good health and wellbeing for themselves, their families and throughout the community,” Lewis said.