Casa El Buen Samaritano
Monday, December 11, 2017
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Our Programs

Clinical Care

Casa El Buen Samaritano averages approximately 125 patient visits each month. Currently, clinic hours are from 5-9 P.M. on Tuesdays and three Thursdays each month. As more volunteers sign up, we will be able to further expand hours of operations to serve more patients. All clinical care at Casa El Buen Samaritano is provided by volunteers, and we are able to operate only through the generosity of Houston's healthcare professionals who donate their time to serve those in need.

Casa El Buen Samaritano provides general outpatient care to patients with a broad range of medical needs, including hypertension, diabetes, and asthma. We also have speciality nights for women's health and rheumatology. For many patients, Casa El Buen Samaritano is their primary medical facility, and they return to our clinic for regular follow-up care for chronic conditions. All medical services are free of charge, including laboratory testing and medications dispensed from our Class D Pharmacy.

Nutrition Education

Twenty-five percent of Casa El Buen Samaritano patients have been diagnosed with nutrition-related conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol. In 2009, Casa El Buen Samaritano began a nutrition education program. Nearly 100 individuals have participated in the program to date.

Program participants receive a personalized health and diet analysis. They attend a series of classes on the food pyramid, portion sizes, exercise, healthy cooking, diabetes, and cholesterol. They also have baseline and follow up laboratory work to track progress. Following the two-month program, they meet with a clinical volunteer to discuss what they have learned and what goals they will continue to pursue. The feedback from program participants has been enthusiastic thus far:

  • It has helped me eat better, make healthier choices about what I eat for snacks. I do a lot of cardio—I exercise almost every day for thirty minutes, and I have lost about thirteen pounds since the start of the class.
  • I actually think it was really good. It has helped my parents a lot to understand their friends’ problems and themselves. My dad has actually improved a lot. He is trying to walk now.  
Casa El Buen Samaritano is committed to promoting long-term healthy lifestyles among our patient population. The nutrition education program has empowered participants to make positive choices about diet and exercise. We are seeking to expand the nutrition classes to impact a greater number of those in need.

Non-Clinical Programs

In cooperation with Iglesia Bautista Horeb and West University Baptist Church, Casa El Buen Samaritano has conducted a number of non-clinical programs to serve patients and families in our neighborhood. We have begun a series of monthly talks on a variety of topics, such as parenting and family life. Each Christmas, church families adopted needy families from the clinic and provided them with food, clothing, and toys for Christmas presents.  Our goal for these non-clinical programs is to build relationships with patients and serve them in practical ways.