EDINBURG, TEXAS – Hope Family Health Center in McAllen has registered its support for DHR Health’s application to expand services.

In a letter sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Hope’s executive director, Roxanne Pacheco, said no one in her community has been as generous as DHR Health.

“Sixteen years ago, the HOPE clinic was in danger of closing its doors due to lack of funding. DHR Health came to the rescue,” Pacheco wrote.

DHR Health is a physician-owned hospital based in Edinburg, Texas. In order to build and operate a general hospital in Brownsville, DHR Health had to seek an exception to a federal prohibition against expansion of the facility capacity of a physician-owned hospital.

DHR Health is slated to officially open a 59-bed general hospital in Brownsville, Texas, in the coming weeks. 

According to information sent to the Texas Health & Human Services Commission, DHR says the hospital will have 39 medical/surgical inpatient beds at single occupancy and 59 at double occupancy, along with “clinical laboratory services, diagnostic x-ray services, treatment facility, including surgery, a 24/7 basic emergency department, intensive care unit with three beds, and seven nursing stains with around-the-clock nursing care.”

As it considered DHR’s application, CMS invited public comment. Some of the correspondence CMS received was in favor of DHR’s expansion. Some was against. Here, below, is the letter Hope Family Health Center sent to CMS in support of DHR Health.

Letter

February21, 2022 

The Honorable Chiquita Brooks-LaSure
Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20201 

Dear Administrator Brooks- LaSure, 

The HOPE Family Health Center (“HOPE”} wholeheartedly supports Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, Ltd.’s (DHR Health) physician-owned hospital high Medicaid facility expansion application. 

HOPE is a non-profit 501{c)(3) organization that operates a safety-net health clinic offering integrated medical and behavioral health services to the uninsured low-income and indigent members of our community. HOPE is a free charitable clinic and we do not charge for our services nor do we accept insurance. Rather, we rely on grant funding, fundraising, and the generosity of our community to be able to provide these essential primary and preventative care services to our community. 

No one in our community has been as generous as DHR Health. Sixteen years ago, the HOPE clinic was in danger of closing its doors due to lack of funding. DHR Health came to the rescue. DHR Health began the First Annual Fishing for Hope(FFH) fishing tournament to raise funds for HOPE. The tournament is now in its 16th year and provides an absolutely vital source of funding for the clinic. FFH is HOPE’s marque fundraising event which provides approximately 30% of the clinic’s funding. Over the years, the FFH tournament has raised over $2M for the clinic. Without the tournament, the clinic would not be able to offer the level of services it currently does. DHR Health did not have to step up 16 years ago, but it did. This is the community-centered health system which is DHR Health. They are locally owned and operated and their physician leadership cares a lot about the community. Not only does DHR Health put on the  tournament through donated time and resources, including DHR employee management of the tournament, but their employees raise approximately $80,000 a year through employee fundraisers. Additionally, as if all this was not enough, DHR Health provides a physician -assistant and medical assistant to the clinic free of charge to help the clinic fulfill its mission. 

We are truly blessed to be a partner of DHR Health and we support their application for expansion enthusiastically, without hesitation or reservation. 

Sincerely,

Roxanne Pacheco

Executive Director 

HOPE Family Health Center


Editor’s Note: The above news story is one in a series of stories about DHR Health’s expansion into Brownsville. Thus far, nine stories have been published. Click here to read the first. Click here to read the second. Click here to read the third. Click here to read the fourth. Click here to read the fifth. Click here to read the sixth. Click here to read the seventh. Click here to read the eighth.


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