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Arthur Nagel Community Clinic Receives Challenge Grant

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The Arthur Nagel Community Clinic has been awarded a $20,000 challenge grant opportunity from the Carl and Marie Jo Anderson Foundation that will support funding of the Clinic’s Elder Care Program, which provides primary, preventive and behavioral health services to qualifying Bandera County residents ages 60 and older.

The Carl and Marie Jo Anderson Foundation will provide $1 for every $1 raised by the Clinic, up to a total match of $20,000.

This grant opportunity is the first-ever partnership between the Anderson Foundation and the Nagel Clinic.

The clinic hopes to raise the $20,000 needed to obtain the matching grant before the end of the year.

Last year, the Nagel Clinic’s Elder Care Program treated approximately 100 unduplicated senior patients at more than 600 appointments. Beyond care for typical illness or injury, the program also focuses on fall prevention, cognitive impairment, sleep issues, and medication management.

Referrals are made to partnering specialist physicians for major health issues. Expenses for Elder Care during 2021 are estimated at 15 percent of the Clinic’s $$637,000 total cash operating budget.

“Rural populations tend to be older, and Bandera County is no exception,” said Clinic Executive Director Chuck Lutke.

“The Nagel Clinic provides care for uninsured patients up to five years before they receive Medicare and also for those who have Medicare Part A for hospitalization but not B for doctor visits,” Lutke said. “This is an important part of our mission to support the overall health of our community’s individuals and families and we thank the Anderson Foundation for honoring our work with this challenge grant.”

The Carl and Marie Jo Anderson Foundation was created through the will bequests of Carl C. Anderson, Sr. and Marie Jo Anderson.

The Foundation funds non-profit organizations in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. Since its inception, the Foundation has invested more than $50 million in nonprofit organizations to assist them in serving low-income and vulnerable populations, the needs of children and youth, enhancing the quality of life for seniors, improving the quality of life for people with disabilities, and medical research. Preference is given to nonprofits serving rural counties.