Memorial Hermann has taken additional steps toward providing access to quality health care with the opening in November of its Neighborhood Health Center in Humble. Although anyone can visit the clinic, it was established with the purpose of providing care for the uninsured and underinsured. Sarah Stanfield, nurse practitioner and clinic director, offered one example of how the facility provides a bridge between those with inadequate insurance and the health care they need. Stanfield described a regular patient who recently lost her job, and subsequently her health insurance. The woman has congestive heart failure, a condition requiring regular medication and frequent monitoring. “She had been off of her medications for three months,” said Stanfield. The woman is now receiving her medications, and the regular care she needs, at the clinic. This is one of three such clinics, affiliated with Memorial Hermann, now open in the Greater Houston area; the others are on the Southwest and Northwest sides. Office visits are $48, payable at the time of service. Stanfield explained that lab tests carry additional fees, but are greatly discounted. Although appointments are preferred, walk-ins are also treated by a family physician or nurse practitioner. Among the services provided are care for chronic and acute conditions, annual exams, immunizations and preventive care. The clinic does not treat fractures, lacerations, and head and eye injuries. The facility is located at 9813 Memorial Blvd., Suite H (on the right just before the main hospital entrance, after turning onto Memorial Boulevard from the Highway 59 southbound feeder). For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 281-319-8500. Neighborhood Health Center at a glance • Office visits $48 • Accepts cash, checks or credit cards • Prescriptions written with cost in mind • Insurance not accepted, but receipts for insurance reimbursement provided • Open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m Photo: Memorial Hermann’s Neighborhood Health Center offers care to uninsured and underinsured patients seven days a week. From left are Memorial Hermann Northeast CEO Louis Smith, Clinic Director and Nurse Practitioner Sarah Stanfield, Systems Executive-Clinic Operations Helen “Chips” Adams and Chief Medical Officer Frank Speidel. Photo by Patsy Oliver