TOMAGWA'S LEAD NURSE PRACTITIONER OF 23 YEARS ANNOUNCE RESIGNATION TO RETURN HOME TO MINNESOTA TO BE WITH HER GROWING MULTIGENERATIONAL FAMILY.
TOMBALL, TX - TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries today announced Tamra Grotte, the center's long-time lead nurse practitioner, has resigned and will be transitioning to a new position closer to her children, grandchildren, and now new great-grandchild in Minnesota, effective April 1st, 2021. Tania Celia, FNP, a Texas Women's University professor and long-time volunteer, has been hired to lead nurse practitioner care at the Tomball center and will be working alongside Hannah Moffitt, FNP and quality assurance nurse, who runs TOMAGWA's Magnolia clinic to ensure there is no lapse in services.
'To know Rob was to love Rob': Tomball remembers City Manager Rob Hauck
“As we all know, to know Rob was to love Rob,” Mayor Gretchen Fagan said in her memorial address. “From the minute you met him, there was a connection. You suddenly felt that you had a close friend. He made us all feel special, appreciated and cared for. You knew you could call him day or night, and he would be there for you. ... Tomball is a better place because of Rob.”
Tomball City Manager Robert Hauck, longtime community leader, dies in crash
Passing of Tomball City Manager, TOMAGWA Board Member
Sheri Hamm and the Cypress Woodlands Junior Forum (CWJF) Support the Start of the New Food Pharmacy at TOMAGWA
Sheri Hamm was introduced to TOMAGWA through the Cypress Woodlands Junior Forum (CWJF) in 1998. TOMAGWA was starting an immunization pilot program, addressing the growing need for access to affordable vaccines. It quickly became clear that volunteers would be needed and TOMAGWA knew CWJF could spearhead the immense project. As a new and promising member, CWJF asked Sheri to support TOMAGWA staff in developing and chairing the pilot TOMAGWA immunization program.
Letter from the CEO
As we move into the new year, I can’t help but to reflect on how TOMAGWA’s staff, volunteers and donors, people with compassionate hearts, like you, have worked together through the additional challenges of COVID-19 to provide our neighbors in need the love and support of a community-based, safety-net clinic. TOMAGWA has and continues to work hard daily to not only protect the lives of its patients but the entire community.
Thanks to hard work, dedication, and the support of our many donors and collaborative partners, TOMAGWA’s staff was not only able to quickly pivot in response to the sudden growth in healthcare needs, but as the demands continued to grow exponentially, we had the stamina to thrust into full pirouettes over and over again. Because of our focus on God, TOMAGWA remains strong in service and faith and continues to bless thousands of families in need. We continue to stand proud of our unwavering mission of being the “hands and feet of Jesus,” celebrating His life daily and thanking God for choosing us to carry out this great calling of healthcare.
TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries looks to federal designation for sustainability
Tomball, Magnolia, Waller, November 20, 2020 - TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries —founded more than 30 years ago to serve uninsured residents in the Tomball, Magnolia and Waller areas—has grappled with treating patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, as all health care organizations have.
But unlike some other providers, TOMAGWA has not had access to the same resources because it is not a federally qualified health center, CEO Timika Simmons said. The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act has awarded $1.3 billion to health centers nationwide, including $1.8 million to nearby Conroe-based Lone Star Family Health Center, according to the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.
TOMAGWA Tomorrow Campaign seeks community's help to endure the COVID-19 pandemic
Tomball, Magnolia, Waller, September 5, 2020 - TOMAGWA Healthcare Ministries is launching a new fundraising campaign to become a Federally Qualified Health Center — a move that could grant the nonprofit access to additional funding as it struggles to keep up with client needs during the pandemic.
TOMAGWA provides affordable health care services to underserved families in the Tomball, Magnolia and Waller communities.
Tomball, Magnolia and Spring,Klein uninsured rate to grow following layoffs; state sees calls for expanding health care coverage
Community Impact - Tomball, Magnolia and Community Impact - Spring, Klein, May 28, 2020 - There are about 100,000 residents without health insurance within TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries’ 600-square-mile service area, CEO Timika Simmons said.
That number is expected to surge as more residents find themselves unemployed as a consequence of the host of layoffs and business closures caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Since March 11, unemployment claims peaked for the period spanning March 18-April 18, totaling 6,582 claims in the five Tomball and Magnolia-area ZIP codes, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.
“That was before the layoffs, so now the phones are ringing off the hook. We’ve had to streamline our process and move it online to start accommodating the number of people who are now without insurance who live within our service area, and they’re finding out TOMAGWA is their only option,” Simmons said.
High unemployment rate further exacerbates resources for medically uninsured, complicating COVID-19 containment in Spring, Klein
Community Impact - Spring, Klein, May 18, 2020 - Timika Simmons, the CEO of TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries, said there are about 100,000 residents without health insurance in her 600-square-mile service area. That number is expected to surge as more residents find themselves unemployed as a consequence of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, causing a host of layoffs and temporary business closures.
“That was before the layoffs, so now the phones are ringing off the hook,” Simmons said.
TOMAGWA is a safety-net clinic providing care to those ineligible for or unable to access health insurance, Simmons said. The nonprofit’s reach spans 16 ZIP codes throughout portions of Harris, Montgomery and Waller counties, six of which are located in Community Impact Newspaper's Spring and Klein coverage area. The organization serves about 3,000 patients annually.