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February 12th, 2009
County hires personal health director

STAFF REPORT

Hays County Commissioners decided Tuesday to make Priscilla Hargraves permanent as the county’s director of the personal health department. Hargraves, a registered nurse, held the role in an interim capacity since last July.

Hargraves directs a staff of 27 with a budget of $2.2 million, including funds from the county and the state.

Hargraves holds a degree in psychology from the University of Houston at Clear Lake. She joined Hays County in 1999 to work with the well-child immunization program. She’s also been the quality assurance coordinator and clinical manager.

“Hays County has the reputation for focusing on our residents’ needs, and we carry that ideal forward with our clinic operations,” Hargraves said. “Our clients are important to us, and we strive to provide them with first-class health care, even as our client list is growing. I appreciate the vote of confidence from the court in giving me this responsibility, and the staff and I are ready to take on the ever-growing health-care challenge.”

The clinics, located in San Marcos and Kyle, provide care for the uninsured and underinsured, as well as those participating in Medicaid or other grant programs. Private-pay patients are charged on a sliding fee scale based on income.

More than 11,000 people used the county’s health services in Fiscal Year 2008, about 2,000 more than in the previous year. Services range from immunizations to well-child, prenatal care, women’s health and treatment for acute and chronic care issues.

Nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and licensed vocational nurses provide many of the services. Patients with more severe needs are referred to other resources in the surrounding area. Staff is also available to help individuals fill out applications for the Indigent Health Care Program.

The clinics are located at 401-A Broadway in San Marcos and 150 Lockhart Street in Kyle. The phone number in San Marcos is (512) 393-5520. In Kyle, the phone number is (512) 268-1270.

The Kyle clinic is open Mondays 8 a.m.-noon and 1 -7 p.m., and Tuesdays, 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. In San Marcos, the clinic is open Mondays 8 a.m.-Noon and 1 -7 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays 8 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-5 p.m., and Fridays 8 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.

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