The idea for Bethesda was born in 1999 when Dr. Michael Massar, Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas, received a call from a local physician who was interested in setting up a community clinic at the church.
Dr. Massar was inspired to help and soon reached out to other clergy in the area to see if they were interested in a more ambitious idea–a multi-congregation, shared health ministry. Years earlier, a parishioner named Porter Skidmore had donated an 11,000-square-foot building to First Baptist, and this could serve as the home of the ministry.
A steering committee and board were formed, and they agreed to move forward as quickly as possible by renovating a 3,000-square-foot area in the Skidmore building.
Donations of furniture, lab equipment, supplies and money poured in, and Bethesda opened its doors on September 6, 2003. Two doctors and four nurses were on duty.
Thanks to the generosity of early contributors and a sizable gift from an anonymous donor, remodeling continued and the clinic expanded its capacity dramatically. By the end of 2004, the clinic had logged nearly 4,800 patient visits.
Remodeling of the rest of the building was finished in January 2004, and the clinic began expanding its services beyond primary care services to include cardiology, gastroenterology, gynecology, podiatry, orthopedics, psychology, dentistry, physical therapy, ophthalmology, endocrinology, rheumatology, pulmonary, neurology, nephrology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, EKG, diabetes, radiology and lab work.
In 2018, Bethesda is celebrating 15 years of successful operation. Since its inception, the clinic has served more than 11,000 patients and completed more than 125,000 patient visits.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Gifts from donors like you enable hardworking, low-income people in the Smith County area to have access to affordable health care. You can DONATE TODAY from this website, send a check made out to "Bethesda Health Clinic" to 409 W. Ferguson St., Tyler, TX 75702, or by emailing Diane Thomason at email@example.com to learn about other options.
There are many ways to give to the future of Bethesda Health Clinic, and gifts of all sizes are welcome. You may designate your gift for general purposes or for a specific area of the Clinic’s work. You may make your gift all at once or you may pledge it over time. You may make an outright gift today using almost any type of asset, or you can make a gift later through a bequest or other planned gift.
SPONSOR AN EVENT
Bethesda Health Clinic holds two fundraising events each year, Dr. Luke and the Birthday Bash. Sponsorships are available for both the these events. If you are interested in sponsoring an event, please contact Diane Thomason at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bethesda Health Clinic partners with many skilled volunteers in the community to deliver healthcase services to the neighbors we serve. Volunteer opportunities may be available in an area that may be of interest to you. These areas include Admissions, Front Desk, Medical professional, Dental professional, Document processing and more. For more information or to apply online, click here.
JOIN THE BETHESDA ALLIANCE
The purpose of the Bethesda Alliance is to support and promote the Bethesda Health Clinic of Tyler, Texas by functioning as a fundraising and volunteer service group. Yearly membership for the Alliance is only $25 a year or $250 for a lifetime membership. Mail your check (made out to Bethesda Alliance) to: Bethesda Alliance, 409 W. Ferguson St., Tyler, TX 75702. To become a member, you can also show up to a meeting!
INVOLVE YOUR CHURCH
To see more patients, Bethesda Health Clinic is open on some Saturday's fully staffed by members of a Tyler area church. If your church has doctors, dentists, nurses and administrators as members, talk to us about hosting a Saturday Clinic.
DONATE TO HANGERS OF HOPE
Your donations to Hangers of Hope Thrift Store support your friends and neighbors who are patients at Bethesda Health Clinic, and they also support people in developing countries. We accept almost anything at our Superstore & Donation Center at 920 WSW Loop 323, Tyler TX 75701. For more information visit hangersofhope.com.
SHOP AT HANGERS OF HOPE
Hangers of Hope sells a wide variety of items at affordable prices! All proceeds from sales at Hangers of Hope benefit the charitable mission of Bethesda Health Clinic. By supporting Hangers of Hope, you make it possible for Bethesda Health Clinic to provide high quality health, dental and wellness care at affordable prices for our hardworking neighbors.
PLEASE DONATE TODAY
Bethesda Health Clinic is a 100% community funded ministry.