June 21, 2021
TOMBALL REGIONAL HEALTH FOUNDATION SEEDS TOMAGWA’S FQHC TRANSITION – RECOGNIZED AT PARTNER DINNER 
The Tomball Regional Health Foundation (TRHF) granted $127,500 in the early days of the TOMAGWA Tomorrow Campaign, which is designed to absorb the cost of transitioning from a Safety Net Clinic to a Federally Qualified Health Center, while preserving existing funds for operational expenses associated with patient care. TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries (TOMAGWA) had the privilege of honoring TRHF at its inaugural Annual Partner’s Appreciation Dinner. TRHF has been the primary funder of TOMAGWA’s 11-year-old dental clinic, along with providing supplemental support to the medical clinic and TOMAGWA’s grant writer in the past. In 2020, TOMAGWA’s dental clinic provided over 16,800 services to community members in Tomball, Magnolia and Waller.  

“The Tomball Regional Health Foundation is pleased to be able to grant $127,500 towards this goal. Becoming a FQHC can give TOMAGWA the stability they need to continue to provide quality healthcare, offer hope, and restores dignity to the uninsured and low-income families and individuals,” Lynn LeBouef, TRHF CEO said. 

TRHF was recognized for their years of mission sustaining support, at TOMAGWA’s Annual Partner’s Appreciation Dinner. As TOMAGWA’s CEO described the history of their philanthropy and why they were being recognized she was moved to tears.  

“The impact of sustaining the only dental clinic for the indigent population in this region, filling the gap on multiple occasions throughout the years during crisis as the cost of health care continues to rise, and then stimulating the necessary infrastructure for a sustainable future of quality healthcare based in our local community, for those most in need, is something that I may never be able to adequately put into words,” Timika Simmons, CEO of TOMAGWA said.   
Funding from TRHF has already made an impact, allowing TOMAGWA to meet critical FQHC Program Compliance requirements for its upcoming site visit. These areas of focus include patient access, software, technology, clinical staffing, administrative restructuring, the hiring of expert consultants, and securing memberships with organizations like the Texas Association of Community Health Centers, to help navigate TOMAGWA through the process.  

“The pursuit of FQHC status has certainly been a labor of love for our staff and community of supporters. It has challenged our ministry in every way, while making us stronger and reminding us of our resilience and ability to answer the call of the next chapter of our mission. TRHF has not only been financially invested but also walks alongside us throughout this journey receiving monthly updates, expressing a genuine interest in our progress,” Simmons said. TRHF joins in the celebrations of TOMAGWA’s successes, like obtaining Medicare and Medicaid numbers, that allow TOMAGWA to immediately begin providing full medical services to local children and seniors, who historically had to seek care elsewhere due to limitation of TOMAGWA’s previous model. “Expanding our capacity to provide pediatrics, women’s health, geriatrics, radiology and mental health is the true blessing in all of this,” Simmons said.  

As of May, TOMAGWA has secured 65% of the $518,500 TOMAGWA Tomorrow Campaign goal, to support the cost of transitioning to an FQHC, thanks to the support of TRHF and other private and foundational donors. TOMAGWA continues to persist and is excited to become the clinic that our community needs, while providing the quality that our community deserves. To learn more about the TOMAGWA Tomorrow Campaign visit www.tomagwa.org.  

Tomball Regional Health Foundation (TRHF) is the new name of the Tomball Hospital Authority (THA). The THA was the owner and operator of the Tomball Regional Medical Center from its founding in 1976 up until its sale in 2011. TRHF’s mission is to promote wellness and improve health status for all residents in our communities through programs that enhance access to health care, preventative care, and health education. Please visit the new TRHF website at www.trhfoundation.org for more information regarding the foundation. 
Join the Committee for the 1st Annual Robert Hauck Memorial Golf Tournament!
The 1st Annual Robert Hauck Memorial Golf Tournament will be held September 30, 2021. If you're interested in becoming a committee member, please contact
Katina Mein, Senior Director of Development,
at katinam@tomagwa.org or 832.559.5215
May Business Luncheon Recap
TOMAGWA’s CEO, Tamika Simmons was honored to participate in the Greater Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce May Business Luncheon as a speaker amongst a panel of Montgomery County healthcare leaders. Timika and other panel guests gathered to speak about what's happening in healthcare, their biggest concerns and what we as business owners should be prepared to face in the future.
 
The insightful panel was comprised of healthcare leaders, who have been at the forefront of our nation's healthcare crises during our recent pandemic, including Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (OHSEM) Executive Director Jason Milsaps, Montgomery County Hospital District (MCHD) Executive Director Randy Johnson, TOMAGWA Executive Director Timika Simmons, and HCA Healthcare Tomball CEO Rob Marmerstein. This dynamic group provided those business leaders in attendance, inspiring words focused around preparing for the future of healthcare as we move forward through 2021 and beyond!
 
It is because of our focus on God that we remain strong in service and committed to eradicating the impact of social disparity on the public health of our region. We are just as committed to our original unwavering mission of being the “hands and feet of Jesus” as we continue to bless thousands of families in need and creating the foundation for a better future in healthcare.
Updates for New and Existing Patients
Specialty Clinics and Patient Announcements
  • Tuesday Mornings - Well Woman Exams
  • Wednesday & Thursday Mornings - Dr. Campbell & Dr. Hemmati for Vision Appointments
  • Thursday Mornings - Food Pharmacy Pick Up
  • Immunization appointments for children (through TVFC) are available at TOMAGWA Magnolia on Tuesdays 1-4 pm by appointment only. *

*All dates are by appointment only

Federally Qualified Health Center Look-A-Like Application FAQ's
As TOMAGWA moves from a safety-net charity clinic to a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), there have been many questions from the community about the process and what changes will occur. Every month, this section will work to address many of the common questions TOMAGWA receives. If you have any additional questions, please email admin@tomagwa.org.
Q. Will TOMAGWA continue to prioritize care for the uninsured even though it will now accept Medicare and Medicaid?
A. Yes! TOMAGWA will still maintain complete control of its payor mix and ensure "those most in need" continue to be our priority. In fact, under FQHC guidelines, we will be able to treat a broader range of uninsured patients regardless of income.
Q. How will TOMAGWA's board authority and governance change?
A. TOMAGWA will not only continue to have a board of directors composed of its community members, but 51% of the board will now also consist of patients to ensure quality and patient experience remain our focus.