The new Frontera Healthcare Network (FHN) Community Clinic is now open in Fredericksburg and accepting clients at 140 Industrial Loop, Suite 2, in the Good Samaritan building. Hours are Monday through Wednesday from 8 to 5, Thursday from 9 to 6, and Friday from 8 to 4. Phone number is 830-992-2005.
The Frontera Community Clinic is the place for area rural residents to get access to quality and affordable primary healthcare, according to Nurse Practitioner Carol Freeman, FNP, CNM, MPH.
“For people who want to help themselves, we are here to help them,” said Freeman, who has 20 years experience as a certified nurse midwife and has worked as a family nurse practitioner since 2003. “We are here to assist them with health assessment, education, medications, and birth control as needed. Our goal is to serve the community by providing affordable health care to individuals who have limited access to health care services.”
The Frontera Community Clinic provides a range of medical services. Most commonly accessed services are women’s health screening, contraception, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, cervical, breast, and testicular cancer screening and treatment, prenatal, child and teen health care. They also provide management of chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, and will have a Certified Application Counselor (CAC) on site on Wednesdays for outreach to the community for the Affordable Health Care Program.
“We want the community to know we are here to provide services that cover the unique physical, sexual, and emotional needs of teenagers, both male and female, with parental consent,” Freeman said.
While not an Emergency Room, they can provide urgent care and handle minor emergencies.
Staff members–which include a nurse practitioner, LVN, and receptionist–work under the supervision of Frontera Healthcare Network medical doctors. They can also refer patients to area physicians and medical centers. FHN operates six health clinics and dental clinic located in Eden, Brady, Menard, Mason, Junction, and now Fredericksburg.
“One of the key vision points was to extend services to adjacent underserved areas and expand medical capacity,” said Frontera’s Executive Director, Cam Kleibrink. “We are very excited to be able to expand to Gillespie County. We attribute our success to collaborative efforts of communities committed to serve the members of the community.”
The clinic currently accepts patients with Medicaid, private insurance, and private pay, and soon will accept Medicare. As a federally qualified health clinic, services are provided to clients on a sliding scale based on household size and income.
“For all of us, preventive health care is very important,” Freeman said. “We really try to work with people on preventive screenings, on weight loss and things of that nature, to help avoid illness in the future.”
Patients are seen by appointment, and will be asked to fill out an information packet with medical history, contact information, consent to treat forms, and–if qualifying for sliding scale–proof of household income. Staff is bilingual to assist in translating.
Patients seeking appointments and information are asked to call 830-992-2005.