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  • Governor Greg Abbott Appoints TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries Director of Dental Services to Texas State Board of Dental Examiners

    Tomball, October 2, 2019 - Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently has appointed Lori Jones, R.D.H., Director of Dental Services at TOMAGWA Healthcare Ministries, to the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners for a 6-year term. Governor Abbott’s appointment was confirmed by the Texas State Senate after Ms. Jones’ appearance before the Senate Committee on Nominations. 

     

    “Serving the community, I was born in as well as working to protect the citizens of Texas is an honor and a privilege,” said Ms. Jones.

     

    The mission of the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners is to protect the public health and safety and promote high quality and safe dental care by providing enforcement, licensing, peer assistance, and related information services to licensees and their patients.


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  • October Volunteer Spotlight - Mary

    This is Mary. Through her volunteer service as a pharmacy tech trainee she has been able to become a certified pharmacy technician.  Mary says about TOMAGWA:


    “I’m so blessed that TOMAGWA Healthcare Ministries Clinic has helped me not only gain an insight into the healthcare field, but also develop a sense of community in giving back. They were essentially like my mortar and pestle, shaping and molding me so I could be the best I could be in being part of other people’s remedy. 

     

    I initially came to TOMAGWA as a pharmacy tech trainee high school student with an eagerness to volunteer. Through this experience, I was able to gain the experience and learn things I wouldn’t have learned in a traditional classroom setting. I’m grateful for all the people who have helped me along this journey because they were like another family. I was able to ask questions and learn from my mistakes. The best part of all was the fun welcoming atmosphere and the new memories we shared together. I was able to use my hours for various school volunteer hours. It also helped me become a certified pharmacy technician because I was able to apply the things I learned toward my PTCB exam. I’m thankful for being able to acquire a scholarship through a letter of recommendation from TOMAGWA’s pharmacy director, Ira.”

  • October Employee Spotlight - Helen Saenz-Comacho

    This is Helen. She works as a medical assistant and runs the award winning immunization clinic. Recently, she accepted the Texas Vaccine for Children (TVFC) Program's Immunization Champion Award on behalf of TOMAGWA. This award is only given to clinics and hospitals that have zero vaccine storage and handling deficiencies found when TVFC conducts an inspection. Helen says about TOMAGWA:


    "Since I was 10 I have always wanted to work here because they helped me and my family so much. Dr. Flower saved my mother's life and my sister go  so much information on her medication. I started as a volunteer and was hired for the immunization clinic because they needed someone with the state certifications for the clinic. I was able to get TOMAGWA influenza vaccines from the state for uninsured children under 18 for the first time in 30 years!"

  • TOMAGWA Healthcare Ministries’ new CEO Timika Simmons, Congressman Kevin Brady to Host Soft Re-opening of Magnolia Clinic


    MAGNOLIA, August 6, 2019 - TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries announced Thursday, July 25th the soft reopening and a ribbon cutting ceremony for its Magnolia clinic location, on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 12:30pm. The Magnolia Clinic was temporarily closed in March of 2019 citing financial hardship. The featured guest speaker is Congressman Kevin Brady. The event will be held on the second floor of the Landmark Building, 18230 FM 1488, Magnolia, TX. The ceremony is sponsored by Madigan Insurance and Woodforest National Bank of Magnolia. The ribbon cutting will be performed by the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce.  


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  • Community Impact Newspaper highlight TOMAGWA'S efforts to meet growing low-cost Healthcare Needs in Tomball, Magnolia, and Waller.

    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 Receives $17,500 Donation from ReSale with A Purpose

    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.” 


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  • TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries Receives Emergency Funding from the Tomball Regional Health Foundation

    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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  • VOLUNTEER FNP's, PA's, RN's & PHARMACY PROFESSIONALS NEEDED

    Volunteers have an opportunity to:

    • Work in a teaching and learning environment
    • Shape the lives of future medical professionals while students earn clinical hours to complete their program of study
    • Support preventative and population health management
    • Experience mission work in their own backyard
    • Enhance the quality of life for the community's underserved by helping individuals to improve, attain, and maintain optimal health
    • Enjoy flexible scheduling - every hour counts because every life counts. Call us today.


    For the past 30 years, TOMAGWA's steady mission growth can be attributed to the unwavering determination of "neighbors caring about neighbors." Join TOMAGWA for the next 30 years of legacy. Click here to volunteer today!


    Email: admin@tomagwa.org  Phone: 832.559.5223


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  • TOMAGWA HEALTHCARE MINISTRIES ANNOUNCES TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF MAGNOLIA LOCATION

    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. 


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  • TOMAGWA HEALTHCARE MINISTRIES ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP

    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.


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