On August 17, 2023, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, Ph.D. (TX-28) announced the groundbreaking for the West Laredo Gateway Community Health Center. The Center was made possible by $2,000,000 in Congressionally directed funding that Dr. Cuellar secured in FY22.
Dr. Cuellar also announced $6,005,040 in federal funding for Gateway provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Health Center Cluster program. The funds will enable all Gateway clinics to continue delivering affordable, quality, and value-based primary health care.
“Gateway Community Health Center is the backbone of Laredo’s health system. I secured Congressionally directed funding in FY22 to help expand Gateway’s reach and provide West Laredo residents with the quality health care they need to live healthy, fulfilling lives. We’re seeing the results of that today,” said Dr. Cuellar, a Senior Member of the House Appropriations Committee. “Furthermore, the HRSA federal funding announced today will help keep the lights on across all Gateway clinics, ensuring continued access to care. I will continue to fight in Congress to expand access to affordable health care. Thank you to Elmo Lopez, CEO of Gateway Community Health Center, Laredo District 8 City Councilwoman Alyssa Cigarroa, and the Gateway staff for their commitment to continued care for South Texas patients.”
“We are profoundly grateful to our community for their unwavering support and trust in Gateway Community Health Center. The groundbreaking of the West Clinic represents a shared vision of accessible, high-quality medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare that meets the needs of our growing community,” said Elmo Lopez, CEO of Gateway Community Health Center. “This clinic will stand as a testament to our commitment to health equity and compassionate care. We look forward to a future where the West Clinic becomes a cornerstone of health and wellness for all, especially our West Laredo residents.”
Dr. Cuellar is a strong supporter of community health centers. He previously secured over $1.1 million in federal funding for 3 Gateway Community Health Center clinics.