On March 30, 2016, Sr. Ricca Dimalibot, CCVI, MD, and Medical Director of CHRISTUS Point of Light Clinic, along with the staff were filled with joy and gratitude as they welcomed guests who came for the blessing and dedication of their new clinic. This has been the fifth move for CHRISTUS Point of Light Clinic since its beginnings as a community outreach of St. John’s Hospital. The clinic with six treatment rooms now has the capacity to attend to many more people. CCVI Sisters, personnel from the CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare, staff from the CHRISTUS Mobile/School-Based Clinics, personnel from the CHRISTUS Provider Group, members of the CHRISTUS Health Communications Department from Irving, Texas, friends, benefactors, and volunteers were all in attendance.
The Most Reverend Joseph Fiorenza, Archbishop Emeritus of Galveston-Houston, blessed the new facility and shared reflections on the present day indifference toward suffering people around our world. He made reference to Pope Francis’s call on the plight of refugees and immigrants. He applauded the wonderful work of CHRISTUS Point of Light Clinic for their response to the needs of the poor and vulnerable in Galveston County. He added, “The Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word continues its legacy of 150 years of service in extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.” Les Cave, CEO of the CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare, shared that CHRISTUS Point of Light Clinic began 27 years ago serving clients two evenings a week staffed by volunteers.
The clinic is blessed with the addition of a new nurse practitioner, who is bilingual, and there are plans to add a nutritionist to the staff. Many people have collaborated to help make this new clinic possible. Some of the benefactors include the following: Margie Riley from Hope Lutheran Church shared that for many years her church has donated to CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread in Galveston and CHRISTUS Point of Light Clinic. Jack and Lynn Skufca furnished three of the new clinic’s examination rooms. Dr. Ernest Cronin, M. D. donated two tables and an icebox. The local Episcopal Church provides a volunteer to serve the clinic. Bay Area Turning Point also collaborates with the clinic. The clinic is located in a commercial building, which is very close to Dickinson High School, and accessible to the town center. The ribbon-cutting was sponsored by League City Regional Chamber of Commerce took place Wednesday April 6, 2016, when local officials and business entrepreneurs were in attendance. Sister Ricca expressed her deep gratitude to all who participated in the special event and is extremely pleased to have the Holy Family as the patron of the clinic.
Pictured Above: Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza, with Sr. Ricca Dimalibot and staff, bless the new CHRISTUS Point of Light Clinic.