Houston, April 8, 2020 - Charity clinics are the safety-net health care providers who care for tens of thousands of Greater Houston's working poor. As the clinics close their doors to protect doctors and patients, losing revenues from their modest fees and canceling fundraisers, their leaders worry the coronavirus crisis will have a long-term impact on their already tenuous financing and undermine their ability to treat those who might not otherwise have access to care.


    Houston, April 3, 2020 -TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries has partnered with Lone Star College - Tomball for the use of the LSC  Tomball Health Science Building to provide much needed care in a safe environment for a certain population of clients.

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    Houston, March 24, 2020 - Most Texans know that our state leads the nation with the most uninsured and underserved individuals. Now, more than ever, these individuals need that critical access to care. Three local safety-net clinics are meeting the current COVID-19 challenge head on.

    Christ Clinic, San Jose Clinic and TOMAGWA, are all safety-net charity clinics strategically located in the greater Houston metropolitan are who exclusively serve those who have no other access to healthcare. Unlike Federally Qualified Health Clinics, these clinics rely solely on philanthropic funding to operate. They do not accept Medicaid, Medicare or third-party insurance. And their patients do not qualify for those programs and they cannot afford to purchase insurance in the marketplace.

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    Tomball, March 16, 2020 - TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries has suspended most onsite patient care services effective Monday, March 16th at 8:00 am and will manage its 3,200 patients via telehealth care through the end of March. For patients that need prescription drug medications, TOMAGWA staff has mobilized teams to provide "touchless" medication delivery services. For chronically ill patients who do not meed COVID-19 risk criteria or exhibit symptoms, designated medical professionals will make house calls. In addition to telehealth consultations, dental onsite services will be provided for emergencies only. TOMAGWA provides care for patients living in parts of Harris County, Montgomery County and Waller County.

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  • TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries expands services to offer Urgent Care Clinics to improve access to low-cost acute care on nights and weekends. 

    Tomball, February 6, 2020 - On February 6, 2020 TOMAGWA Healthcare Ministries announced the opening of urgent care clinic services to all community members on select evenings and weekends in an effort to increase access to low-cost, non-critical emergency care in its service area where many parts are considered medical deserts.   

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  • TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries Golf Tournament: ST. Timothy Lutheran Wins The Church Challenge Cup; First Community Credit Union Wins Inaugural Community Challenge Cup

    Tomball, November 25, 2019 – The 4th Annual Wayne Gloyer Memorial Golf Tournament benefiting TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries was held on Thursday, October 31, 2019. Gloyer was the father of Tom Gloyer, who was a founding board member when TOMAGWA opened in 1989. Honorees were Jack and Shirley Frey.  

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  • Timika Simmons, TOMAGWA CEO, Wins Leadership Award at Lone Star College's 'Stars of Tomball' Inaugural Event

    Tomball, November 21, 2019Guests gathered at Lone Star College-Tomball on Nov. 19 to celebrate nine honorees for their contributions to the college and community. The inaugural Stars of Tomball event drew hundreds to the Beckendorf Conference Center for what LSC-Tomball President Lee Ann Nutt hopes will become an annual tradition.

    The idea for a community event originated last year, Nutt said. Initially, the event was proposed as a fundraiser. “That was the seed of it, over a year ago,” Nutt said. “This year, as we tried to relaunch it…we decided not to present it as any kind of fundraiser, but just a celebration of our community.”

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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.

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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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    • Work in a teaching and learning environment
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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. 

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    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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