On Monday, Aug. 6, Marshall Mayor Mark Gooden proclaimed Aug. 12-18 as National Health Center Week in Marshall. Joined by staff members at Katy Trail Community Health’s mobile unit, Gooden presented the proclamation to Dr. Thompson.
Community health centers focus on high-quality, affordable, comprehensive primary and preventative health care in underserved communities, according to the proclamation. Approximately 27 million Americans utilize health centers, amounting to roughly one in every 12 people in the United States.
One way in which Katy Trail Community Health will be recognizing the national week is by providing a specific service to its existing patients. On Friday, Aug. 10, existing patients who need to have their diabetic blood work done can do so free of charge.
Chief Executive Officer Chris Stewart lauded the Marshall staff.
“We’re really just celebrating all of these people next week and what they’re doing,” she said of the staff. “And I also want to thank the Marshall community for their support of us — the providers, the clinicians, the hospital, the health department, obviously. We wouldn’t be able to do what we’re doing if we weren’t part of a bigger system.”
Katy Trail Community Health employs 120 people at multiple locations, according to the proclamation, including physicians, nurse practitioners, dentists, social workers and dental hygienists.
Staff members pictured Monday, from left to right, are: (front row) Chris Stewart, CEO; Cindy Homan, Marshall Site Manager; Dr. Cheryl Thompson, M.D.; Mayor Mark Gooden; Regena Castenada, LPN; Torie Crane, LPN; Selma Linares, Patient Representative; (back) Linda Moenkhoff, FNP-BC; Ciara Bonds, LPN; Tracy Simmons, COO; and Geni Harms, LCSW.
On Monday, Aug. 6, Marshall Mayor Mark Gooden proclaimed Aug. 12-18 as National Health Center Week in Marshall.