San José Clinic In the News 2014

San José Clinic CEO, along with Charity Guild President-Elect, interviewed on The Guadalupe Radio Network

December 15, 2014 - Our President and CEO, Paule Anne Lewis, and Maureen Trott, president-elect of the Charity Guild of Catholic Women were featured on today's episode of Evangelium, speaking about upcoming Clinic events, as well as the intertwined histories of the Clinic and the Charity Guild. The program is broadcast Guadalupe Radio Network featured in Houston as KSHJ on 1430 AM. You can download the podcast of the broadcast here.

The Sick Untouched by the Affordable Care Act Turn to Houston's San José Clinic - Houston Press

December 9, 2014 — Last year, just as the Affordable Care Act was shifting into gear, the Houston Press visited the San José Clinic, whose President and CEO, Paule Anne Lewis, was concerned, in part, that some of the clinic's donors might curtail their giving, thinking that with the arrival of the ACA, there would no longer be a need for a San José. She predicted there still would be "tens of thousands of people who are uninsured." A year later, there had to be things that changed, right? Had to be a decline in the number of patients San José was seeing since health care had been opened up to so many more people. Right?

Houston Methodist announced as honoree for San José Clinic Art with Heart 2015

November 17, 2014 — San José Clinic has announced they will recognize Houston Methodist as the Portrait of Compassion honoree for Art with Heart 2015, with honorary event co-chairs Connie Dyer and Cathy Easter. The event is set for Saturday, April 18 at The Corinthian.

“For many years, Houston Methodist has played a vital and integral role in the success of San José Clinic,” explained Paule Anne Lewis, San José Clinic president and CEO. “We are pleased to honor them with the Portrait of Compassion for their dedication and commitment to San José Clinic and the healthcare community of Houston, as well as their support of the safety net.”

For over 20 years, Houston Methodist has contributed to the mission of San José Clinic by providing operating support, in-kind and diagnostic lab services, academic program rotations through the Clinic and more.

“Houston Methodist is honored to be recognized for our long-standing support to the community through our partnership with San José Clinic at Art with Heart 2015,” said Cathy Easter, senior vice president of Community Benefits at Houston Methodist. Easter will serve as honorary event co-chair with Houston Methodist Board of Directors member Connie Dyer.

With this award, Houston Methodist joins an esteemed group of individuals and organizations who have also been recognized with the Portrait of Compassion, including John S. Dunn Foundation, Phil Morabito of Pierpont Communications, and the Charity Guild of Catholic Women.

In addition to recognizing Houston Methodist, the evening will include cocktails, plentiful hors d'oeuvres, silent auctions of art and jewelry, and a big board auction.

Proceeds from Art with Heart will help support San José Clinic’s mission to provide quality healthcare and education to those with limited access to such services in an environment which respects the dignity of each person. For more information about sponsorship opportunities for Art with Heart 2015, contact Donna Nisenson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

October 24, 2014 - San José Clinic is pleased to debut their new video!

October 15, 2014 - Long-time San José Clinic volunteer Dr. Bruce Edison was named the Volunteer of the Year by the Retired Physicians Organization of the Harris County Medical Society this month. Dr. Edison has been a valued volunteer at the Clinic since 2005, and we are so grateful for his hard work and dedication to our patients.

In addition to his work as an ENT at San José Clinic, Dr. Edison has also donated beautiful ceramic pieces to the Art with Heart fundraiser to support the Clinic.

Congratulations from everyone at the Clinic, Dr. Edison! It is a well-deserved honor.

San José Clinic Partners with Randalls and University of Houston to Provide FREE Flu Vaccines

September 21, 2014 —San José Clinic and Randalls Food Markets partnered together to provide 300 free Flu Vaccinations on Saturday, September 20. The free Flu shots, donated by Randalls, were administered to San José Clinic patients and neighborhood residents by Randalls Pharmacy staff and University of Houston student Pharmacists as part of Operation Immunization.

San José Clinic, located at 2615 Fannin, hosted the flu shot clinic on Sat., Sept. 20 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Patients at the monthly Saturday Clinic, as well as other families and Houston residents, visited this convenient, affordable venue for flu vaccinations steadily throughout the day, creating an educational service experience for the student Pharmacists.

“We were so happy when Randalls Pharmacy presented this opportunity to vaccinate 300 people against the flu. This donation allowed the Clinic to address a critical need and provide a vital service that we are challenged to fund each year,” said Paule Anne Lewis, San José Clinic President and CEO.

Regarding this partnership, Randalls Director of Pharmacy Julie Spier said, “Randalls is proud of our longtime relationship with the University of Houston College of Pharmacy and the students’ involvement in Operation Immunization.” Operation Immunization is an awareness campaign that is a collaborative effort of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (AphA-ASP) and the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA). The goal is to protect the public health by raising awareness about the vaccine preventable viral illnesses and immunizations, and subsequently to increase the number of immunized people.

The CDC states that flu activity can begin as early as October. The seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the top three or four flu viruses that research indicates will cause the most illness during flu season, including H1N1. People should begin getting vaccinated soon after the flu vaccine becomes available.

Bianca Romero, University of Houston College of Pharmacy student, delivers a flu vaccination
donated by Randalls at San José Clinic as part of a partnership with Operation Immunization.

Time and expense at issue for patients who say they can't afford to miss work Houston Chronicle

September 13, 2014 - The Texas Medical Center, where more than two dozen hospitals and academic institutions provide world-class care and conduct groundbreaking research, shimmers like a desert mirage for the estimated 1 million uninsured residents in the area who cannot afford to go there for treatment.

Mary Ancelmo has really branched out in her first collegiate year. This Houston native went around the world to begin her undergraduate work at Tel Aviv University in Israel, then came back home for the summer when she was awarded a prestigious internship at San José Clinic  through the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program (CSJP).

Sixty non-profits in the Houston area are part of the CJSP program, and more than 1,400 students applied to be a part of the internship program. When Mary reviewed the organizations participating, San José Clinic was an appealing choice. “I read the Clinic’s mission and history and its goals and who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?” Mary said. “You have volunteers dedicating their time to provide healthcare for people who don’t have resources. I knew San José Clinic was an amazing place.”

Mary is looking forward to her eight weeks this summer as the Clinic’s Community Outreach Intern, planning the Back-to-School party for approximately 150 children of Clinic families. “I am really looking forward to seeing my weeks of work come together at the party, giving me a better understanding of and admiration for what it takes to make a difference in a community,” Mary explained.

“This internship has a big impact on our patients and their families, through the Back-to-School Party,” said Donna Nisenson, San José Clinic Special Events Manager. “We are helping to start these children’s school year off right by providing necessities that they may otherwise have gone without.”  The Back-to-School party provides school supplies, backpacks, uniforms, and more, available through generous support from community partners.

Just her short time as a CJSP intern has already made an impact on Mary’s plans for the future. “Through work experience in non-profit organizations like San José Clinic, a great appreciation for the dedicated people who work to help others is being fostered in interns like me. It’s truly inspiring.” After her experience at San José Clinic, Mary now plans on working towards her Masters in non-profit management, focusing on finding organizations that help others realize their potential.

San José Clinic CEO interviewed on The Guadalupe Radio Network

June 2, 2014 - Our President and CEO, Paule Anne Lewis, was featured on today's episode of Evangelium on The Guadalupe Radio Network featured in Houston as KSHJ on 1430 AM. You can download the podcast of the broadcast here.

President and CEO Paule Anne Lewis with KSHJ General Manager, Joe McClane

Staff Retreat

On April 4, the staff of San José Clinic headed to the Houston Museum of Natural Science for their annual retreat. At HMNS, the employees reviewed the patient satisfaction statistics, the gold standards of customer service and the Clinic's Catholic identity, as well as engaging in development activities and learning more about what 2014 holds. The day culminated with a simulated trip to the moon and Mars to focus on team-building.

Employee Appreciation Month

March is Employee Appreciation Month! The leadership team of San José Clinic has been taking extra steps to make sure our employees know they are appreciated for the hard work they do every day. On March 18, the staff was treated to a delicious luncheon catered by Charlie’s & Co. Events Catering. Each staff member received a small gift and dessert bag with home baked goodies. Each manager also treated their staff to a little something during the month.


Valentine's Day Kickoff of New Diabetes Education Program at San José Clinic - Univision 45

February 14, 2014 - San José Clinic intern Rosa Morena did a great job on the 5pm broadcast speaking about diabetes and Valentine's Day, along with promoting our diabetes education program. This program is made possible by the generous donation of the Wal-Mart State Giving grant.