Expansion of Vecino Health Centers’ pediatric facility remains on track

Capacity of Airline Children’s Clinic set to double in 2018

As we all move forward with recovery from Hurricane Harvey, Vecino Health Centers is thankful and relieved to report that construction for a major expansion that is well underway for its pediatric facility was mostly spared from serious damage. Airline Children’s Clinic’s expansion is still on track to begin operations in January 2018.

“We are fortunate,” says Daniel Montez, CEO of Vecino Health Centers. “The expansion of Airline Children’s Clinic is critical to the organization’s sustainability and we’ve been able to get back on track with relatively minor delays.”

The 5,200 square-foot building project at Airline Children’s Clinic at 5808 Airline Drive in Houston will double the capacity for providing high-quality medical, dental and counseling services to working families. Ground broke on the facility in February and the construction will be completed in November 2017.

Access to quality, affordable healthcare is a growing need in Houston, as it is nationwide. The expansion of Airline Children’s Clinic extends Vecino’s mission to bridge this gap in care. The new, state-of-the-art space allows the clinic to add an additional 9,300 patient visits each year and accept 2,700 new patients. Expanded counseling and dental services for children and teens will go even further toward meeting the whole range of medical needs faced by Vecino patients.

In addition to expanded healthcare services, a new 428 square-foot community education room will host educational sessions, such as parenting workshops, and will also be available for community meetings.

Funding for the $2.3 million expansion comes from local foundations, individual donors and a federal grant. The project was designed by PBK Architects and is being built by Forney Construction.

Patients, donors and staff alike look forward to the project’s completion next year, and the impact it will have on the health of the entire community.