SOURCE: CommuniCare Health Centers

CommuniCare Health Centers

March 25, 2010 11:01 ET

CommuniCare Receives Grant From St. David's Foundation

Healthcare Non-Profit Receives an $852,343 Grant to Fund Construction of Dental Clinic at New Health Center in Kyle, Texas

KYLE, TX--(Marketwire - March 25, 2010) -  CommuniCare Health Centers, a Federally Qualified Health Center based in San Antonio, announced today that it has received an $852,343 grant from St. David's Foundation to help fund the construction of a dental clinic in its health center that is currently under construction in Kyle, Texas, with an estimated September 2010 opening date.

"This grant will provide a state of-the-art dental facility that will enable CommuniCare to provide critically needed dental services to children, individuals and families in the Kyle area," said Debbora A. Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of CommuniCare Health Centers. "St. David's Foundation has a great track record of helping to provide dental care at schools and clinics across Central Texas. We look forward to working with St. David's Foundation to help provide essential dental services for the underserved in Hays County and south Austin."

To be located two miles east of Interstate 35 in Kyle, the new health center will offer comprehensive medical, dental, behavioral health and health education services for children and adults. The community health center, a 20,732 square-foot facility, will offer services on a sliding-fee scale to uninsured residents. The grant from St. David's Foundation will fund the construction of a dental wing at the new health center, where comprehensive dental care will be provided to patients of all ages.

"CommuniCare's new health center in Kyle will provide greatly needed primary and preventive care for families in Kyle and south Austin," said Earl Maxwell, CEO of St. David's Foundation. "St. David's is excited to begin this new partnership with CommuniCare and to help provide access to dental care in Hays County."

"Along with the financial support for the CommuniCare dental clinic in Kyle, St. David's Foundation is investing over $27 million in the Central Texas community this year to improve access to health care," noted Maxwell.

About St. David's Foundation:
The vision of St. David's Foundation is to keep the promise of a better life by improving health and health care for all Central Texans. As a joint owner of St. David's HealthCare, the Foundation achieves its goals by investing the proceeds from the hospitals back into Central Texas. In 2010, the Foundation will directly invest $27 million in the community through grants to mental health agencies, agencies serving the elderly, ill and homeless, and many of the area's private safety net clinics, and the St. David's Dental Program. For more information on St. David's Foundation, visit www.stdavidsfoundation.org.

About CommuniCare:
CommuniCare Health Centers (CCHC) has served San Antonio for over 38 years. CCHC provides medical, dental and behavioral health services to uninsured and underserved residents in Bexar and Hays counties and delivered more than 151,000 visits in 2009 in two health centers in San Antonio and one in San Marcos. As a non-profit community health center, it serves those with Medicaid, Medicare, medical insurance and those that do not have insurance, charging on a sliding-fee scale based on annual household income and family size. For more information on Barrio Comprehensive Family Health Care Center, Inc. dba CommuniCare Health Centers please visit www.communicaretx.org.

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