TOMBALL, JUNE 6, 2019 by Anna Lots - Community Impact Newspaper
TOMAGWA Healthcare Ministries' patient based jumped 28% from 2016-2017 after Hurricane Harvey hit the greater Houston Area in August 2017, interim CEO Timika Simmons said. But while the influx of patients continues, a financial gap remains, she said.
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TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries announced today a $17,500 gift donation from Resale with A Purpose, one of several gifts committed by RAP to support the medical and dental clinic ministry at the Ryan Paul Whitaker Memorial Medical Center in Tomball.
The gift was presented by Paula Whitaker, mother of the late Ryan Paul Whitaker, from whom the building is named. “Ryan’s mission in life was helping people and his goal was to become a nurse. What better way to help people than TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries for the past 30 years. I love this ministry, and Ryan’s “Life with a Legacy” lives on and will continue for many years to come,” said Ms. Whitaker.
“As local community groups and individuals are informed about TOMAGWA’s growth and increased patient care demands, their donations continue to help TOMAGWA build momentum to meet these needs,” said Timika Simmons, Interim CEO. “Resale with A Purpose’s gift will directly support up to 140 uninsured patients in need of provider care in the Tomball, Magnolia, and Waller county areas.”
“By way of this donation, I am proud to announce the latest way in which Resale With A Purpose is going to give back to our local communities in an even greater way,” said Brad Bartlett, CEO. “Resale with a Purpose gives away 100% of its profits and plans to give $1M over the next 2 years to our local Tomball charities and TOMAGWA is one that we have been proud to support over the years and are glad to continue to support.”
TOMBALL, April 30, 2019 – TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries announced today that it has received emergency funding from the Tomball Regional Health Foundation (TRHF) to revitalize the clinic. The decision came after a small team of TOMAGWA staff and Board members led by Interim CEO, Timika Simmons, met with the TRHF Board and presented updated 2019 budget projections which revealed the need for an infusion of immediate funding.
TRHF Chairman of the Board, Vicki Clark, stated that the “TRHF Board is committed to helping the individuals in our community to get the medical and dental assistance needed to restore dignity to the uninsured, low income families treated at TOMAGWA.” “The funding from the TRHF is a tremendous milestone in our restructuring efforts,” Simmons said. TOMAGWA’s Board announced that it has an achievable, robust plan in place and that they are confident that TOMAGWA’s sustainable funding plans are tangible.
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TOMBALL, March 19, 2019 - TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries announced Monday that it had temporarily closed its new primary care clinic and lab in Magnolia because of financial hardship.
"We are terribly disappointed about this situation, especially for our patients," said Timika Simmons, TOMAGWA's interim CEO. "We have several high acuity patients with complex needs who will have difficulties transporting to another medical location for treatment and prescriptions."
A skeleton staff of one or two persons will be onsite half a day once a week during the closure to help patients access their medical records, provide medications, and help identify alternative resources if they are unable to community to the Tomball or Waller locations.
TOMBALL, March 7, 2019 – TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries today announced that the Board of Directors has appointed Timika S. Simmons, veteran health care administration professional, as interim Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. Ms. Simmons succeeds Lee Ann Kroon, who had served as Executive Director since June, 2016.
“I consider TOMAGWA to be a ministry of humanity. With both passion and humility alongside my fellow staff and volunteers, I step into this role with a great sense of urgency to set TOMAGWA on a long-term path to success,” said Ms. Simmons. The Board also announced that Kevin Rudolph, Senior Pastor of Windwood Presbyterian Church, will serve as the new board president in place of Ms. Simmons who served for a brief period after Tomball City Manager, Robert Hauck ended his 9 year tenure in 2018.