After young Frankie had a nerve wrecking encounter at a local dentist office, Frankie and his dad were recommended to Gateway Community Health Center, Inc. Nine years ago, Frankie immediately became comfortable, and adored going to his new dental office because the clinic’s staff eased his worries by welcoming him into a warming environment. He joyfully explained that he was treated great at his new dentist office. Not only did Frankie enjoy his new dentist office, but so did his three other siblings. “I like it there because it is kind of like home,” explained Harmony. “We are all very comfortable with the dentists, they always talk to us,” she continued. Harmony continued to describe that the dentist examines their teeth. The clinic’s staff also taught her and her siblings how to brush and take care of their teeth.
The dental clinic first opened at Gateway in 1963. By 1989, the office accomplished a status as a Federally Qualified Health Center. Each month the Dental Clinic determinedly serves over a thousand patients. The number of patients being served has been growing continuously. The amenities provided to the Gateway patients are given in the finest quality the center can offer. On a daily basis, the center tirelessly lives up to its mission statement “To provide quality healthcare for everyone.” The vision of Gateway Community Health Center is to be a “leader in providing access to comprehensive primary healthcare through clinical excellence, superior customer service, and a valued workforce.” They strive to accomplish this by honoring their core values that include service excellence, professional expertise, integrity, dignity, and compassion.
For over fifteen years, United Way of Laredo has played a key role in providing dental service assistance to the clinic’s patients. The funds are used to purchase items that are used as preventive and restorative measures such as dental fillings. Additionally, the funds are also used towards purchasing sealants to put over permanent molars in order to prevent dental decay. United Way helps Gateway Community Clinic fulfill their motto of providing quality care to the community of Laredo.