Bethesda Health Clinic

A Christ-centered ministry that provides affordable, high quality care
for the working uninsured and others we are able to serve.

TESTIMONIALS

“I think of Bethesda as a godsend to the healthcare community. Bethesda Clinic has not only addressed my physical issues but they also have addressed my spiritual issues.” – Rita

DONATE TODAY

Bethesda Health Clinic is a 100% community funded ministry. Please prayerfully consider helping us financially. There are many ways to do so, including donating through this website.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER

Bethesda Health Clinic is always looking for medical professionals, dental professionals, clerical and admissions volunteers, and volunteers for Hangers of Hope Thrift Store.

ABOUT US

Bethesda Health Clinic is a Christ-centered ministry with a bold mission: to provide healthcare to hardworking low income adults who are uninsured or underinsured. We envision our clinic as embodying Christ in action–bringing healing and hope to the people we serve.

Before Bethesda, those in need had to go to a local hospital’s emergency room for medical care. Our state-of-the-art facility eases the burden on local ERs while serving a neglected segment of our population in a professional and dignified environment.

THEIR STORY

“You have made all the difference in my life, and ‘thank you’ will never be enough.”
– Jana

“The best medical services I have.  I’m so happy to be a patient there!”
– Leticia

OUR STORY

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.

PATIENTS

Bethesda serves hardworking low-income adults who have no insurance, or who are underinsured, which are those who have deductibles that are high relative to their income.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Bethesda Health Clinic is funded by the community and takes no tax dollars.  You can help by volunteering, shopping at Hangers of Hope, donating, and by giving to any of our named endowment funds.

HOW WE HELPED

Patients Served

Bethesda served thousands of hardworking adults in 2017, and the number of patients will continue to grow in 2018.

Patient Visits

The number of primary medical, specialty medical and dental visits set a new record in 2017, but will exceed that in 2018.

Active Volunteers

Our volunteers include physicians, dentists, x-ray technicians, data entry specialists, admissions advisors, and many more.

OUR SERVICES

PRIMARY MEDICAL CARE

Bethesda provides “first-contact” care for patients with any undiagnosed sign, symptom, or health concern. This can include health promotion, education, and disease prevention, and diagnosis and treatment of chronic illnesses. Bethesda also helps patients obtain long-term medications.

SPECIALTY MEDICAL CARE

Bethesda provides specialty medical care services that include on-site specialty evaluation for gastroenterology, orthopedics, podiatry, nephrology, endocrinology, podiatry, gynecology, and general surgery, and off-site specialty referrals for ophthalmology, rheumatology, pulmonary, cardiology, neurology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation.

DENTAL CARE

Bethesda’s Dental Clinic is the only clinic of its kind in Smith county. Its priority is to treat patients experiencing pain or discomfort, but it also provides other vital services, including dental hygiene, fillings, and restorative care.

HEALTH & WELLNESS EDUCATION

Bethesda provides health & wellness education to patients who have been diagnosed with, or are at risk of developing, chronic disease where nutrition or smoking is likely to be a factor.

MEET PATRICIA

When Patricia found out that Bethesda Health Clinic was going to be able to fix her severely damaged front teeth, she literally screamed. “I was so happy I told the staff I felt like shouting for joy, and they said, ‘go right ahead!’, so I did!” she exclaimed. “I wanted everyone to know how GOOD God is, and how GOOD Bethesda is!”

Bethesda has been a part of Patricia’s life for many years. When she was new to Tyler, she heard about the clinic from a co-worker and at first didn’t believe such a place was real. “The first time I came, everyone was so nice, so real. They treated me so nicely and didn’t make me feel like I was ‘less than.’ I’ve been treated as ‘less than’ before, and I know what that feels like,” she said.

In 2007, Bethesda helped Patricia obtain the back surgery she had desperately needed for a long
time. “Right before my surgery, Dr. Todd Raabe said to me, ‘Before we start, can I pray with you?’ I knew then that I was in the right hands… God’s hands and Dr. Raabe’s hands.”

Patricia’s first priority has always been to be a role model for her 11 year old daughter. “We’ve been through a lot together, so I call her ‘Soldier’. She’s a little soldier to me, and now the name has stuck,” says Patricia. “Everyone calls her ‘Soldier’ and it suits her.”

Soldier has always told her mother that she is beautiful, and now Patricia is beginning to believe that beauty and confidence are really a possibility in her future. “God showed up in the people He’s put in my life,” says Patricia. “He showed up in the people of Bethesda. It’s a miracle. It really is. And I still feel like shouting!”

Congratulations to the Newest
Doctor Luke Society Honorees!

Bethesda Health Clinic is proud to recognize retired orthopedic surgeons Dr. Jan Garrett and Dr. John Walker as the newest inductees in the Doctor Luke Society.  Founded in 2004, the Dr. Luke Society honors local physicians whose professional and personal lives reflect Saint Luke’s commitment to respect all persons, his concern for the poor and his hope for God’s mercy and forgiveness for all.  Both physicians were volunteers at Bethesda and retired from outstanding careers at Azalea Orthopedics.

The Doctor Luke Society is a great way to recognize outstanding physicians in our community and raise funds to help provide care to many people in need.  I have known both honorees for over 20 years, and I am honored to welcome them into the Doctor Luke Society.  They are both remarkable physicians and great men.

Dr. Sasha Vukelja

Co-chair of the Doctor Luke Society Event

Doctor Luke Recognition Event – Saturday, Feb. 16 | Willow Brook Country Club

For sponsorship information, or to purchase tickets to the Doctor Luke Society recognition dinner, please email dthomason@bethesdaclinic.org.

THEIR STORIES

we helped give them a better hope for tomorrow

RICKY’S STORY

When we think about the mission field, most of us think of faraway places, lands with different cultures and languages, eager for God’s word. The truth is that there are many ways and many places to serve the Lord in the mission field. Missionary Ricky McClenton found his calling and his mission field right here at home in East Texas.

FLORA’S STORY

Flora Johnson has been a patient at Bethesda Health Clinic since the very early days, and remarkably, she’s been a volunteer at Bethesda just about as long.

MARICELLA’S STORY

When Maricela first came to Bethesda about eight years ago, it was to establish a medical home for basic health care. A hard-working housekeeper, who has had the same clients for more than a decade, she had no health insurance and just needed a check up and a referral for a mammogram. But that first visit began a long relationship that touched Maricela’s family in extraordinary and life-changing ways.

WHY I CHOSE BETHESDA

Just a few of our donors and volunteers who made the choice to support Bethesda Health Clinic,
and why they did…

Carol Smith ministering to Bethesda patient

MEET CAROL


Carol Smith helps patients work through spiritual and personal matters. Said Dr. English, “Carol has a boldness to visit with patients about any subject and encourage them as they work to improve their lives one small step at a time.”

 

Dr. Larry Wiertz with Becky Olivarez

MEET DR. LARRY WIERTZ


Dr. Larry Wiertz, MD, shown here working with Becky Olivarez, specializes in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism.  Dr. Wiertz has practiced for 50 years and has been volunteering at Bethesda since 2011.

Admissions Advisor Diane Cooper interviewing applicant

MEET DIANE


Diane serves as an Admissions Advisor where she interviews new and returning patients.  She is al about saving lives and saving souls, so she gives every applicant an opportunity to embrace salvation through Christ.