Gateway Community Health Center is funded by the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services. The Center is
a 501 (c) (3) private, non-profit corporation with a
governing board of 15 directors whose responsibility is
to oversee the overall operations of the Center. The
Center is located in Laredo, Texas situated on the U.S.
Mexico border approximately 150 miles south of San
Antonio. Gateway began operations in 1963 as a migrant
health center as part of the City of Laredo Health
Department and in October 1989 reorganized as an
independent not-for-profit organization.
Gateway has two main clinical sites in Laredo.
Additional clinics are held on a weekly basis at two
sites in Webb County: the Quad City Community Center in
Mirando City for the residents of the communities of
Aguilares, Bruni, Oilton, and Mirando City, and the El
Cenizo Community Center. Womenís Health Services along
with pre-natal care services are provided to colonia and
rural residents via a specially equipped mobile van.
Gateway moved into its new $11,000,000 three-story
64,000 sq. ft. facility in August 2006.
The Center offers a wide array of medical care services
provided by physicians and/or mid-level practitioners.
Support services include pharmacy, x-rays, and
laboratory tests. Preventive and restorative dental
care services are provided by dentists and dental
hygienist staff primarily to children. Gateway also
provides a multitude of preventive services including
immunizations, diabetes awareness and education
programs, cancer screening programs, worksite wellness
and family planning services. Self-management classes
for patients with diabetes are provided through the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Pfizer Health
Solutions, Inc. grants. Self-monitoring and other
supplies are provided for patients with diabetes.
Over 84,000 medical, dental, and special clinical
patients visits were provided in calendar year 2006.
As of October 2007 the center recorded a 17% increase in users and encounters.
All residents of Webb County are eligible for services
at Gateway. The Center uses the federal poverty
guidelines to determine if a patient qualifies for
discounts. Clients who do not wish to provide their
annual income or family size are charged 100% for
services rendered. Gateway accepts Medicaid, Medicare,
and private insurance and enters into group contracts
for specific services at a predetermined fee. No one is
denied services because of inability to pay. All fees
received from patients or third party payer sources
revert back to the Centerís operating budget. Gateway
is administered in a cost-effective manner in accordance
with government guidelines and undergoes an annual