Coastal Health & Wellness (CHW) is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides primary care, counseling, and dental services for Galveston County residents through federal and county funding along with patient fees. Under federal guidelines, an 11 member policy-making board, comprised of a consumer majority, sets policies for the clinics. Board policies and fees are located here. CHW operations are executed by the Galveston County Health District which also oversees EMS and other traditional public health services. Having a FQHC in Galveston County leverages county dollars funding indigent primary healthcare.
Where we came from:
4C’s Clinics were first established in 1970 after the successful submission of a federal grant application to establish the Galveston County Coordinated Community Clinics (4C’s). Once staffed by UTMB residents, Coastal Health & Wellness now employs medical and dental providers whose cost per visit is less than state and federal averages. In 2009, with a staff of 112 employees, 4C’s provided health services to over 17.800 Galveston County residents with 60,000 clinic visits. In 2012, 4’C’s was renamed Coastal Health & Wellness.
What we do:
At two clinic sites, Galveston County residents may obtain primary care, counseling, and/or basic dental care. Any Galveston county resident, with or without insurance, may seek care in the clinics. CHW provides excellent quality of care as an accredited Ambulatory Health Care Facility meeting standards established by The Joint Commission. FQHC status provides funding and guidelines that benefit the county by enabling the provision of discounted health services to the indigent and uninsured based on their financial ability to pay.
Where are we going?
In April 2012, the Texas City site relocated to the state-of-the-art Mid-County Annex (see right) where it has a larger capacity to serve local residents. Coastal Health & Wellness monitors and adapts to changes in the health care environment.
Nurse line: (409) 978-4213 – Speak Directly to a nurse about lab results, refills, or medical concerns.