Medical director Donald Briscoe says studies have shown that about fifty-thousand primary care visits are needed in the area. "When people can't have access to the primary care services, they end up going to the emergency room where the care is more expensive, where it takes more time, where there's no continuity, and where it delays treatment of acute emergencies that need to be in a hospital setting. So a clinic like this can really help to provide the primary care preventive services and take the burden off of the hospitals."
Denver Harbor serves a community of twenty-eight thousand. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared it a medically underserved area.
The two story facility sits adjacent to the original clinic building. It houses ten exam rooms as well as dental and mental health services.
The clinic is one of seven federally qualified health centers in Houston. Briscoe hopes Denver Harbor will serve as a model for other potential clinics in the city. "We need to be able to demonstrate that we can do this in a cost effective manner and then we can take this model and replicate it throughout the city."
Denver Harbor is looking to further expand into Northeast Harris County. Click here to visit their website.
The clinic aims to provide primary healthcare services including prenatal care and hospital care regardless of insurance status.