Bethesda Health Clinic
A Christ-centered ministry that provides affordable, high quality care
for the working uninsured and others we are able to serve.
“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
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.
Now open Monday – Thursday 8AM – 5PM. Closed on Fridays.
We are currently not accepting new patients.
We will begin accepting a limited number of new patients starting Monday, April 6 for emergency medical and dental appointments. For more information please call (903) 596-8353 and ask for Johana.
Our plan in response to COVID-19
First, our admissions department is staffed 100% by volunteers, most of them at high-risk due to their age. Starting next week, admissions will be handled by staff to prevent exposure to our volunteers. We will only be admitting new SICK patients. If you need Bethesda’s services but are NOT currently sick, please wait until this passes.
Please be patient with us as most volunteers will be out. All info on how to become a patient and what you need to bring is listed on this website.
If you’re a current patient and have an appointment you’ll be triaged upon arrival based on symptoms.
Please call ahead of any scheduled appointments. Our doctors and nurses may be able to call in your prescriptions without you coming into the clinic. We want to keep all of our staff and patients healthy and safe!
This is hard for all of us, especially those in the nonprofit sector. Bethesda receives $0 federal or state funding BUT will remain open to serve the huge population of our working uninsured neighbors.
If you would like to make a donation to help, any amount is appreciated.
Remember your best defense is staying away from large crowds and aggressively hand washing!
A message from Dr. John English, CEO.
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.
“You have made all the difference in my life, and ‘thank you’ will never be enough.”
“The best medical services I have. I’m so happy to be a patient there!”
In 2018, Bethesda is celebrated 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.
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 IN 2019
we helped give them a better hope for tomorrow
Bethesda Patient Featured on Totally East Texas with Dana Hughey
On Friday, February 28, 2020, CBS 19 anchor Dana Hughey featured patient Bruce Beard, whose life was changed because of a procedure he had done at Bethesda.
HALEY GRIFFITH began her relationship with Bethesda as a patient. Now she’s a donor, and she feels like she’s doing God’s will. Not so long ago, 25 year old Haley was a waitress at a local restaurant, living paycheck to paycheck, trying her best to work and stay above water. Everything was going okay until she got sick.
When Connie Nguyen’s abdominal pain persisted, she imagined the worst. Her physical symptoms added to the stress she was already feeling – raising small children, she and her husband both working hard but neither with health insurance, the recent death of her parents. A friend told Connie about Bethesda, but she was hesitant.
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.
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 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.”
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.