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.


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

Now accepting new patients

We are now accepting new patients for Medical and Dental services, however Dental is only taking emergency appointments at this time.

New applicants and renewing patients can CLICK HERE to apply online.

Applicants without computer and internet access can pick up New Patient Applications or Requalification Forms at Bethesda Health Clinic, 409 W. Ferguson St., Tyler, Mon-Thu 8AM-5PM, Fri 8AM-Noon. To complete your application process at the clinic, bring a Photo I.D., Paycheck Stub and Income Tax Return. If applicable, also bring a Social Security, Unemployment Benefits or Disability awards letter.

Due to the high volume of online applications, the time to process is 2-3 business days.

Our plan in response to COVID-19

Your safety and health is our top priority. We are taking the following precautions to avoid exposure and spread of COVID-19:

  • All patients will have temperature taken upon arrival to clinic. Sick patients will be triaged.
  • Masks are required for patients and staff.
  • Patients are not allowed to bring visitors with them to their appointments – this includes children.
  • Remote appointments are available and can be requested upon scheduling.
  • Any potential patient can click here to apply for services online. You may also call and schedule an appointment. Admissions is no longer accepting walk-ins.

Remember your best defense is staying away from large crowds and aggressively hand washing! Please email or call us with any concerns.

“Wings of Hope” Replaces the “Bethesda Birthday Bash” for 2020

Wings of Hope

This year we are VIRTUAL! If you would normally purchase a ticket to the BASH, please consider donating $125 to the Wings of Hope Virtual Event!

Each $125 “ticket” includes a meal at the Potpourri House ($25 value), a custom dessert and one raffle ticket for a Pandora bracelet! The dinner gift certificates and custom desserts will be delivered to YOU! A volunteer will reach out to you after purchase regarding delivering. Raffle will be held LIVE on Facebook on Sunday, September 20.

Hurry, tickets are limited!

Our Virtual Event Sponsors


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 ER’s 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.”
– Jana

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


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.


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.


Patients Served

Patient Visits

Active Volunteers



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.


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.


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.


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.


we helped give them a better hope for tomorrow


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 from raising small children, working hard with no health insurance, and 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.


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


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


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


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.

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