$4.6M grant paves way for Rio Bravo health center at no cost to taxpayers

Soon after acquiring and approving a federal grant focusing on overall health providers, Webb County Precinct 1 is now in the system of shifting ahead to developing a general public overall health centre north of Rio Bravo above the span of 3 several years.

The $4.6 million grant was stated to have been the maximum volume awarded and is part of the Texas Department of Housing and Local community Affairs Local community Resiliency application.

According to Precinct Commissioner Jesse Gonzalez, this wellness centre will reward the 1000’s of inhabitants in the precinct who rely on the county’s services like vaccines, checkups, dental expert services, testing and more. To give these companies, the county will collaborate and ask for comments from Mercy Ministries and Gateway Health and fitness Clinic to construct the foundation of what will be a centralized overall health provider facility.

“We are heading to have their opinions in setting up it, mainly because I want to make absolutely sure it is crafted to the specs of a general public overall health facility, the way it is meant to be constructed,” he mentioned. “So we need examination rooms, we have to have the gear like dental chairs and all that stuff that goes into the clinics.”


The facility is slated to be 9,600 sq. toes and will not only serve as an place to obtain overall health expert services, but it will also be a common assembly web-site for community meetings. Additionally, it will serve as much more space for the county’s Indigent Overall health Division and have a multipurpose room serving as an evacuation center in situations of crisis.

Gonzalez reported these grants have to be adopted precisely, thus the a few-yr deadline to complete the facility.

The Webb County Well being Care Providers Office was founded to assist low-income county residents with getting monetary coverage for their health care bills, their internet site mentioned. 

They extra the county has a higher amount of uninsured people. With a current projected population estimate of 274,794, about 31%, all-around 85,000 citizens, do not have any variety of general public or personal overall health insurance assisting to include expenditures associated with their well being treatment wants.

As a medically undeserved location, Gonzalez said following getting place of work in 2017 through collaboration with the Army Corp of Engineers, he was capable to supply two months of no cost professional medical services in El Cenizo for encompassing communities. He said the need for health solutions was so excellent that the Military Corp of Engineers would prepare to return a few many years afterwards. However, this was postponed because of to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The grant application was started out in October prior to the pandemic quarantine, with the county getting awarded the grant April 14, according to James Flores, the Director of Group Motion Agency and Financial Advancement.

“Now we really don’t have to rely on organizations to be ready to come down to Webb County and present these companies,” Gonzalez stated.

As a end result of the the latest TIRZ settlement between the Town of Laredo, Webb County, Laredo Higher education and Killam Enhancement, the county gained a four-acre tract of land as a donation. This tract is north of Rio Bravo on the US 83 frontage highway. With the county currently capable to access the tract, the process commenced on Monday to commence the strategy, style and establish for the next a few yrs.

“Just mainly because we have three decades as a deadline doesn’t suggest we are heading to just take the whole yr to construct and work. I am one particular to make absolutely sure that my initiatives and precinct are likely smoothly and proficiently through the system of any sort of grant or deadline,” Gonzalez said. 

He additional with Laredo Faculty South’s Gateway Clinic, some residents see a journey time from 7-10 miles. Those people without the need of personal transportation relying on the community transit expert services can see that journey just take an entire day.

The proposed center will be centralized to permit for shorter travel time, and Gonzalez claimed the county will give far better transportation providers for the precinct. No matter of distance, local community facilities through the precinct will have totally free public transportation furnished from the centers to the public health facility. 

To quell considerations, Gonzalez clarified the grant would fund the development of the wellness facility 100%, with zero hard cash match by the county. This signifies the new heart will have no impression on taxpayers.

To compound the addition of a wellness facility, Gonzalez said Webb County funds will be utilized to establish a hearth station in southern Precinct 1 to deliver fireplace and EMS products and services to the place. This will also be worked on in tandem to the wellness center, but the funding has currently been procured.