San José Clinic, a member clinic of the NAFC, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year! For a century, San José Clinic has supplied underserved communities in Texas with the healthcare and health education that those cannot afford. With services ranging from radiology to dental to pharmacy, the volunteers at San José Clinic have long demonstrated a passion for helping those in need, no matter the cost.
From 2020 onward, San José Clinic was forced to weather the storm that is the COVID-19 pandemic. Dealing with its fallout physically, mentally, emotionally, and economically, the clinic provided refuge for those particularly affected by the global outbreak. Working to bridge those gaps between the insured and uninsured on top of advancing health outcomes has been some of San José Clinic’s core tenets over its 100-year-long existence.
With the clinic celebrating its 100-year anniversary, let’s take a look at San José’s mission and its work by the numbers.
San José Clinic’s Mission
The mission of San José Clinic is to provide healing through quality healthcare and education with respect and compassion for those with limited access to care.
It was founded in 1922 with the vision of Monsignor George Walsh, a donation of $59 from the Charity Guild of Catholic Women, and the service of community volunteers, who all came together with the same hope of breaking down barriers to healthcare for the underserved. For nearly a century, the Clinic has grown from a small frame house to a healthcare facility with two locations, and it has become one of the leading providers of quality healthcare services for the underserved in the Greater Houston area.
2021 was a year of resurgence for the San José Clinic. Emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the clinic and its nearly 500 volunteers were able to provide inpatient help through a number of services.
Per San José Clinic’s 2021 Data Report, “Volunteer positions at San José Clinic vary widely, from direct service providers like physicians and counselors to non-clinical volunteers like medical interpreters and accountants.” Furthermore, the clinic has “three main types of volunteers: high-need clinical, clinical, and non-clinical.”
A Look at the Numbers
Ahead of its 100-year anniversary, San José Clinic boasted some impressive stats in 2021. Last year, the clinic served 3,031 patients — seeing a total of 22,950 patient visits overall.
The majority of patients seen were within the 41-64 range. Furthermore, 64% of patients were female, while 36% were male. In Midtown and Fort Bend, there were 6.705 and 1,298 medical ancillary visits, respectively. Other medical visits totaled up to 3,682 and 741, respectively. This ultimately left Fort Bend with a total of 2,039 visits.
Midtown also saw 452 radiology visits, 4,477 dental visits, and 5,595 pharmacy visits. This marked a total of 20.911 visits.
This was all accomplished through the generosity of its volunteers. About 500 volunteers contributed a combined 24,000 hours, equivalent to over $900,000 in in-kind value.
San José Clinic’s Centennial Celebration
On October 7, 2022, San José Clinic celebrated their 100-year anniversary with a Centennial Celebration! Taking place at the Marriott Marquis Houston, Honorees included the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, alongside the Most Reverend Joseph Fiorenza.
Ahead of the Centennial Celebration, San José Clinic took to social media to reflect on its history with a small #TBT to its 75th anniversary. In the post, the clinic wrote…
“Twenty-five years later, San José Clinic still proudly upholds the legacy of our founders by providing healthcare for those who need a health home the most. Our dedication to those still in need as they support our community today includes providing primary and specialty medical and dental care, as well as vision, laboratory, and pharmacy services.”
The message concluded with a note of gratitude and appreciation for the community’s role in their survival.
“As we approach our Centennial Celebration, 100 years of Forever Healing, we want to recognize the overwhelming Houston-area volunteer in-kind support. With a large portion of our Clinic’s budget coming from contributions, grants, and in-kind gifts, our partnerships are essential in responding to the community’s needs.”
The NAFC congratulates the San José Clinic on its 100-year anniversary and commends the staff and volunteers for the important, life-changing, and often lifesaving work it has and continues to accomplish for its community. To learn more about the San José Clinic and its mission, please visit https://www.sanjoseclinic.org.