NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -
Members of the Nacogdoches community gathered at the corner of Martha and Main Street to celebrate the new home of Health Horizons of East Texas.
"Its more than a dream its something that has required a lot of effort on the part of a lot of different people," said Dr. Wilbert Brown, Executive Director, Health Horizons.
The goal of the clinic it to empower and serve those with needs related to HIV and AIDS.
"It's a place that men and women can come and be cared for and know that they are respected even though they have an illness that many people don't like," said Frankie Harvey, Chairperson, Health Horizons Board of Directors.
Health Horizons has been serving 12 counties across east Texas for 22 years and each year help nearly 400 patients. Two years ago fundraising began to finance a building to maximize their efforts.
"It means a continuation of services we will have the capacity for increasing but not only do we do HIV services for the clients we also provide prevention activities," said Brown.
The clinic offers services such as medical case management, primary care and social and support services. Chairperson Frankie Harvey believes Health Horizons is a safe place for those in need an essential for the community.
"This building will be a place in the community that will give sight to the needs of this town," said Harvey.
And the ultimate achievement, giving patients critical conditions hope for a better tomorrow.
"Leave with determination that they are going to live because that's essentially what its about, that your quality of life will improve," said Brown.
The board of directors voted to name the new complex after Executive Director Dr. Wilbert Brown.
Construction is set to begin in July and they hope to have the building completed by March of 2013.
By Francesca Washington