In 1990 the HOPE Health Clinic was established to assist with a growing need for prenatal care for area patients who could not afford adequate health care. The HOPE Clinic provides prenatal care, pediatrics, WIC (Women, Infant, and Children) a federal nutrition program, and immunizations. The Clinic staff includes a Full Time Director, Part Time Nurse Practitioner, two Part Time RN’s, two registered Dieticians, Nutritionist, Nutrition Assistant, WIC Clerk, and a translator.
Since opening the doors in 1990, HOPE Center Health Clinic has helped deliver more than 1,000 healthy babies!
HOPE Clinic News
This year at the HOPE Center Health Clinic has been one of records broken for the number of clients we are seeing. Our WIC program (women, infants, children) numbers have skyrocketed. While we feel blessed and busy being able to serve so many, it is a sad indicator of our economic environment. Some of the people we are seeing now are those who have lost well-paying jobs and used all their savings and come to us as a last resort.
At first, we were surprised to see some of these people who came in very well dressed and driving nice cars but we soon realized that they needed help as much as anyone. Often, these are people who would never have dreamed that they would ever have to ask for help and are embarrassed that now they need to. We can see the pain in their eyes that they are the ones who are using the tax dollars instead of the ones paying them. We try to reassure them that the WIC program is in place for everyone who needs it and that they have no need to be ashamed.
We are proud that we are able to help those who need it and the evidence is in the attitude of the staff. The workers here are a cheerful bunch that welcome anyone who comes in. We experience the joy and laughter of being friends with one another as well as coworkers and that comfort level is extended to our clients. We are told regularly that this is the 'best' clinic because of our attitudes.
We encourage anyone and everyone who needs and qualifies for WIC to sign up for it. It is a wonderful nutrition program that provides healthful foods and education. We look forward to serving anyone who needs it. Just call to see if you or someone you know qualifies and set up appointment. We are here to help.
Clinic Director, HOPE Center Health Clinic