The name TOMAGWA means "Tomball, Magnolia, & Waller," which roughly defined the original service area of our clinic. Our name is unique and holds great importance to low-income, uninsured families, who need health care and reside in southwest Montgomery, southeast Waller and northwest Harris Counties.
More than 28 years ago, TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries was founded from the concern of local residents who witnessed a man die in Magnolia from an infection and a little girl in Tomball who lost her hearing due to recurring ear infections. These people did not seek medical treatment due to lack of medical insurance and inadequate finances to pay for services.
TOMAGWA is a nominal fee, comprehensive family practice clinic that provides medical services regardless of race, creed, ethnicity, religious affiliation or the ability to pay. Last year, more than 250 dedicated professional and service oriented volunteers along with a small staff provided more than 16,000 family member visits, from babies to grandparents, who could not afford health care and were without health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. It is important to understand that more than 85 percent of the uninsured in our community live in a household where one or more family members work full time. That's where our clinic provides the necessary medical assistance to those who might go without care; the repercussions of lack of medical access affect every single one of us - crowded ER's, rising insurance premiums, and most importantly neighbors and children in our community at great medical risk. TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries offers hope and care.
TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries, hospitals, and the community have joined together in the battle to provide high quality compassionate health care to those in need.
“But he said to me, my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
In response to the love of Jesus, TOMAGWA is committed to the following values:
- Compassionate Care – which demonstrates concern for the individual’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
- Quality of Care – by ensuring that staff and volunteers maintain high standards of performance
- Respect – for the dignity of all persons
- Reverence for Life – in all stages and conditions
- Empowerment – by nurturing the individual’s sense of choice and ability to make informed decisions
- Well-being of the Community – which is fostered by the community and TOMAGWA supporting each other