TOMAGWA provides health care services to uninsured, low-income families and individuals in northwest Harris, Montgomery and Waller counties with its three clinics located in Tomball, Magnolia and Waller.
"There's a strong need for us in the Magnolia area," said Simmons, who was named CEO in June. "There were several patients with chronic conditions who were not able to receive care [during the clinic's closure], so we thank the community members in Magnolia who have partnered with us and are working on partnerships with us to make sure we can sustain service in Magnolia."
The reopened clinic will offer the same services as it did before the closure, Simmons said. However, TOMAGWA has plans to add pharmaceutical and dental services in the coming months.
"In the coming months, we will be expanding pharmacy and dental screenings. Right now you can get medical and lab [services] and limited medications, but now we'll have the pharmacy on site as well and the dental screenings to help relieve some of the stress off the Tomball dental [program]," she said. "Eighty percent of our dental patients are from the Magnolia area."
Dental screenings entail an exam, and then TOMAGWA creates a personalized treatment plan. The patients will receive treatment at the Tomball location, Simmons said.
TOMAGWA began seeing patients at its Magnolia location Aug. 1 and will be open two to three days each week.
A ceremony is planned for Aug. 9 to celebrate the soft reopening, Simmons said. U.S. Representative Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, will be the guest speaker. The event features tours and a reception at 12:30 p.m.; a ceremony at 1 p.m.; and additional tours at 1:30 p.m., according to event information.
"We're just restructuring how we use the space we have there [in Magnolia]. This is all within the same space; we'll just make it more functional. We're opening it up using current staff who will split their time [between Tomball and Magnolia]—who are salaried, so there is hardly any increase in our labor cost—and then volunteers," Simmons said. "We can take care of our patients and not increase our overhead."