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A new health center facility for Wilson County has been investigated by the staff and board of the Atascosa Health Center Inc. The staff of Wilson Community Health Center (WCHC) and its parent organization, the Atascosa Health Center Inc. (AHC), held its first community outreach meeting Dec. 12 in Floresville.

“Floresville and Wilson County are growing and so is the WCHC,” said Chief Executive Officer Monty Small. “The clinic has grown to 8,000 patients since opening in December 2007. We believe there is a need for a new facility and increased staff. We are interested in hearing what the community wants and are planning more community meetings.” Small provided a history of the Atascosa Health Center and community health centers across the country. Fact sheets were provided to all attendees.

“We provide care to patients of all ages,” said board member LaJuana Newnam-Leus. “Our clinic accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield and other major insurances. Plus, we are the primary provider offering a sliding scale fee program for those unable to pay full price for services. Our services are available to the uninsured and underinsured. We accept Medicaid and Medicare, too,” Newnam-Leus said. She has been an Atascosa Health Center board member representing Wilson County since 2008.

Wilson Community Health Center is one of four clinics in the rural network of health centers, which serve residents in five counties: Wilson, Atascosa, Karnes, Live Oak, and McMullen, and has a staff of six professional providers and 12 support staff. It is located at 540 10th St. (U.S. 181) in Floresville and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with late hours until 7 p.m. each Tuesday. New patients are welcome, call 830-393-9390.
 

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