Central Health announces CommUnityCare Health Centers will suspend services at 7 Austin clinics

Beginning March 23, CommUnityCare Health Centers will temporarily shutter seven of its clinics across the Austin area. (Courtesy Adobe Stock Images)
Beginning March 23, CommUnityCare Health Centers will temporarily shutter seven of its clinics across the Austin area. (Courtesy Adobe Stock Images)

Beginning March 23, CommUnityCare Health Centers will temporarily shutter seven of its clinics across the Austin area. (Courtesy Adobe Stock Images)

Beginning March 23, CommUnityCare Health Centers will temporarily shutter seven of its clinics across the Austin area.

Central Health, the health care district that serves Travis County and funds CommUnityCare, announced the move in a March 20 news release.

Health care services will be suspended at Austin OB/GYN Manor, Austin OB/GYN Riverside, Carousel Pediatrics in Round Rock, Del Valle Health Center, Dove Springs Integral Care, Hornsby Bend Health Center and Manor Health Center, according to Central Health.

In its statement, Central Health said the moves consolidate services to better serve the greater Travis County community during the current outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

“We must conserve personal protective equipment needed to protect the health of patients and staff,” CommUnityCare President and CEO Jaeson Fournier said in the March 20 news release. “The most effective way to do this is to concentrate services at our larger clinics and temporarily close some of our smaller locations.”

CommUnityCare has additionally reassigned the medical staff of its mobile care unit to other clinics.

All preventative and elective dental procedures at CommUnityCare’s Ben White Dental Clinic have been indefinitely suspended, according to Central Health.

CommUnityCare in 2017 provided 356,518 medical, behavioral health and dental encounters to 98,907 unique patients across all of its clinical sites, according to Central Health’s 2018 annual report.

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