McKinney, TX (August 10, 2020)The Children and Community Health Center, dba Community Health Clinic (“CHC”), a non-profit healthcare clinic serving Collin County, announces its recent relocation to a medical suite near the Medical City McKinney campus. The Clinic will host a Virtual Grand Opening, open to the public, on Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 5:30-9:00 pm. The Virtual Grand Opening will be hosted by Martyn Lucas, former Phantom of the Opera and World Piano Man, and include live entertainment, a virtual tour of the new space, and remarks from local leaders, clinic staff and volunteers, donors, and patients. Registration for the Virtual Grand Opening is free, although donations to the clinic are being accepted, and can be accessed here.

The clinic’s new space will accommodate the increased demand for healthcare services among low-income, uninsured families of Collin County. CHC launched operations in the new location, 4510 Medical Center Drive, Suite 204, on July 1, 2020.  Amid increased public health and healthcare system infrastructure needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, CHC has expanded its services to include telemedicine appointments for uninsured patients’ acute and chronic healthcare needs. 

“The location of our new facility will serve as a launching pad for an improved service model, through which our providers can treat patients and help them manage acute and chronic conditions both in-person and virtually,” said Jackie Rakowski, CHC Executive Director.  “We expect that these treatment options will further reduce barriers to care and chronic disease management for medically underserved patients and allow us to maximize the resources of our providers to serve more people across broader areas of Collin County.”

CHC, a primarily volunteer medical clinic, has provided no-cost critical healthcare services and a medical home for thousands of low-income working families in Collin County since 2004. Over the years, CHC has demonstrated a track record of helping patients better manage chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes, reducing the need for expensive emergency room care that ultimately must be absorbed by hospitals and those with private insurance.

“Chronic disease management lends itself well to a telemedicine model in many cases, as do acute care needs. As we make the move to a new location, we’ll have more opportunities to serve our patients as conveniently and safely as possible in the uncertain context of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gini Holter, DNP–FNP-BC, clinical volunteer and CHC Board member.

The far-reaching economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will likely continue to drive increased demand for community-based, no-cost health services. “As an organization, we need to stay current with best medical practices while providing compassionate care to our patients who are also experiencing changing circumstances. I look forward to expanding both our reach and services in our new location,” said Bob Douglass, CHC Board chair.

CHC’s volunteer staff includes five physicians of varying specialties, 12 nurse practitioners, a physical therapist, and a dietician. All nurses are volunteers, and when front office staff and interpreters are added, CHC totals over 60 volunteers powering its mission. CHC also partners with imaging and laboratory providers and prescription assistance programs to provide these essential services at no cost to its patients.