Health Center Opens

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Getting help is not always easy in a rural area.

But in Burleson County there is now one place dedicated to delivering health services that were once unavailable.

"It takes a whole community to make something like this happen," says County Judge Mike Sutherland.

Brazos Valley health organizations, the Texas A&M School of Rural Health and local residents pulled together to open the Burleson County Health Resource Center.

It brings services offered miles away, closer to home.

"There's an opportunity now for local citizens that need assistance in improving their health, not just straight medicine but in other areas they might have problems in, we'll be able to address all of those," says Sutherland.

And if the services are not offered here, there is now transportation that will take them to get the help they need.

"Even if they can't get to Caldwell or Somerville where our two offices are, then we can pick them up, bring them in and get them to the service provider," says Sutherland.

Albert Ramirez of Project Unity says he hopes the center will become one of the first places residents contact for information.

"One of the things that is most difficult for families and individuals in need is trying to navigate the maze of agencies and resources that are out there. What we try to do is provide them one area, a hub if you will, a place they can access the help they are looking for," says Ramirez.

And now that place is officially open for business.

If you would like to be a volunteer, you're asked to call the Burleson County Health Resource Center at 979-567-3245.