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Nagel clinic elects new board member, receives grant

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It has been a busy month for the The Arthur Nagel Community Clinic.

The clinic housed on the Village of Hope campus recently received a $60,000 grant from the Hal and Charlie Peterson Foundation of Kerrville, elected Mike Arguelles to its Board of Directors, and welcomed fifteen Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) students for orientation as part of their training.

The Hal & Charlie Peterson Foundation of Kerrville awarded $60,000 to the clinic to address operational needs during 2021.

“We are extremely grateful for this generous grant and our longtime partnership with The Hal & Charlie Peterson Foundation,” said Chuck Lutke, executive director of the clinic, in a press release. “Their ongoing commitment to the well-being of Bandera County families is exemplary and outstanding.”

Since its inception in 1944, The Peterson Foundation has distributed more than $280M across its seven-county home area, with the largest share of distributions going to support health care.

The Nagel Clinic recently announced the election of Mike Arguelles to its Board of Directors.

Mr. Arguelles is retired after serving more than 30 years as a firefighter in Los Angeles and currently serves as a supervisory committee chair for a $2B national credit union. He is also an Adjunct Instructor with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) in College Station, an internationally recognized center for fire and rescue, safety, and homeland security training.

He and his wife, JoAnn, reside in Pipe Creek and are real estate developers in the Hill Country area. Mr. Arguelles joins the Clinic Board during a strategic planning period to determine the direction for the organization over the next four years.

Rounding out the clinic’s busy April, fifteen LVN students from Schreiner University were welcomed for orientation at the Nagel Clinic on April 21.

As part of their training, they will observe and serve with the Clinic in teams of 2-3 over the next four months. Students will shadow every member of the medical staff and perform assisting duties to learn the intricacies of primary health care in a rural setting.

“The Nagel Clinic is proud of its role each year in providing training for students seeking a professional career as an LVN, RN, PA, and NP,” the clinic said in a press release.

In addition to Schreiner, the Clinic currently has agreements with nursing programs at Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UTHealth San Antonio and the University of Texas system.

The Nagel Clinic is the only facility in Bandera County providing primary medical and behavioral mental health services at no cost to qualifying patients. The Clinic serves low-income, uninsured residents and does not accept any form of health insurance or government assistance. Private monetary and in-kind donations cover all expenses for the Clinic.

For more information about the Arthur Nagel Community Clinic, call 830-796-3448 or visit