A Better Way To Care

By: Pachatta Pope
By: Pachatta Pope

When the door opened at a local clinic, another chapter in caring began. Almost twenty years in the making, the Health For All clinic has a new and bigger home.

Located in the cradle of St. Joseph Regional Health Center, the clinic offers free healthcare to those who can't afford it. Health For All first opened back in 1987 at the former Cattleman's Inn motel. The founder of the clinic was Dr. Karim Haji. He opened the clinic to offer uninsured citizens somewhere to go for medical attention.

Mary DeVaul is a current volunteer at Health For All, and says if it weren't for the clinic, most patients would end up in the emergency room. DeVaul has been affiliated with the group since 1991 and has been able to see the progress Health For All has made.

The clinic has had several locations in an attempt to find a facility that could accommodate the people it served. Realizing how vital Health For All is to the community, St. Joseph Regional Health Center stepped in to help the clinic find a place that was big enough. The Health Center generously offered one of their own spacious buildings at a low rent. It is conveniently located in Bryan close to other health offices that perform services that they can not provide.

It has been through the support of the Bryan-College Station medical community that Health For All continues to stand. The longer it stands, the longer Health For All can continue their mission. That mission DeVaul said, "is to help those that have nowhere else to turn."

The new facility along with the staff's steady commitment will make sure Dr. Haji's work was not in vain.

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