Hope Clinic began in 2002 as a one-room operation located inside a borrowed space at the Garland Salvation Army building. The goal was simple: provide free health care to people who could not afford to pay for treatment otherwise. Care was provided by volunteer physicians, and later, a single dedicated physician, Dr. Jennifer Kampas, who continues to play an active role in the clinic today as its Medical Director.
In January 2015, after years of growth, Hope Clinic established its own stand-alone medical facility. The 5,400 square foot clinic includes five examination rooms, a triage area, laboratory, behavioral counseling office, spiritual support room, doctor’s office, a health education room, and administrative space. Since opening its doors at this location, Hope Clinic of Garland has been able to offer free, comprehensive healthcare that is open Mon -Thurs 7:30am – 4:30pm and Fri 7:30am – 2:30pm. The clinic is conveniently located near public transportation, making it easily accessible to the most under-resourced communities in Garland and surrounding areas.
Since 2014, Hope Clinic has been recognized at the highest level by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home, Level 3; a 2022 Quality Standards Gold Rating earner from the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC); and is also a member of the Texas Association of Charitable Clinics. Hope Clinic ranks among the top 5% of clinics for ease of scheduling and customer service as measured by the 2022 national Press Ganey scale. Last year, Hope Clinic served 1,018 unduplicated patients.
Texas has the largest number of uninsured residents in the nation, with roughly 20% of the state’s population lacking health insurance. Additionally, Texas is one of 12 states who has not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. As a result, Texas has the biggest coverage gap in the country, with an estimated 771,000 residents ineligible for Medicaid and also ineligible for premium subsidies to offset the cost of private coverage.
Hope Clinic remains the only nonprofit that provides completely free medical and preventative care for the uninsured members of our Garland-area community.
Hope Clinic primarily serves the Garland, TX area (zip codes 75040, 75041, 75042, 75043, and 75044), which has a population of 242,035, a median household income of $65,278, and a poverty rate of 12.7%. Over 27% of residents are without health insurance, as opposed to 22.5% for all of Dallas County.