CommUnityCare Health Centers Expands Health Care Access in Eastern Travis County 

CommUnityCare Health Centers and Central Health have long recognized the need to expand health care delivery to the Eastern Crescent in Travis County. As part of this ongoing effort, CommUnityCare Health Centers will transition its in-person medical mobile services at Creedmoor Community Center and Barbara Jordan Elementary School to brick-and-mortar locations. This change of service will allow CommUnityCare Health Centers to expand its services and effectively serve its patients.

In 2018, Central Health purchased a Recreational Vehicle (RV) that has since been operated as a medical mobile clinic by CommUnityCare Health Centers. The medical mobile clinic has helped meet access to healthcare needs, while plans were made to build brick-and-mortar clinics in Hornsby Bend, Del Valle and Colony Park.  

CommUnityCare services at the mobile clinic and a temporary modular clinic in Hornsby Bend have served as a bridge while plans for new Eastern Crescent clinics were developed. Eastern Travis County celebrated the opening of the new Central Health Hornsby Bend Health and Wellness Center in Fall 2023. In December 2023, CommUnityCare Health Centers began providing patients in Hornsby Bend with family medicine, women’s health and lab services three days a week and has experienced a strong patient demand since opening. The Del Valle Health and Wellness Center is also expected to open in late 2024.  

Patients can expect the following with the new change of service:  

  • Increased services at Hornsby Bend Health and Wellness Center from 3 to 5 days. 
  • A total of 84 new appointment slots each week in the Eastern Crescent. The mobile clinic could see 13 patients a day, while a brick-and-mortar clinic can service 24 patients a day.  
  • A telehealth kiosk and CommUnityCare staff member (non-provider) will rotate at Barbara Jordan Elementary School to help patients navigate telehealth services or connect them with the appropriate resources. CommUnityCare leadership is evaluating whether the same setup can be done at Creedmoor Community Center, in the interim a medical assistant or community health worker will remain available on-site during the transition period.  
  • In person access will continue at Northeast Resource Center as Central Health and CommUnityCare Health Centers continue to plan for a Colony Park Health Center.   
  • For patients with limited transportation options, CommUnityCare Health Centers will continue to offer transportation assistance through its partnership with Lyft and zTrip.  
  • All patients recently seen have been made aware and future Creedmoor appointments have been scheduled at other CommUnityCare Health Center locations.  

The Hornsby Bend Health and Wellness Center has served as a backup location for mobile clinic services when the RV is out of service. In the past two years, the RV has had more than 75 days where it was out of commission due to needed repairs and intermittent availability of a CDL driver. The RV is also approaching the end of its life making it increasingly difficult to obtain parts for timely repairs.  

Central Texas is growing rapidly, as has demand for the services provided by CommUnityCare Health Centers. In 2023, CommUnityCare Health Centers served a record number of more than 134,000 unique patients and demand continues to grow. CommUnityCare Health Centers, in partnership with Central Health, is part of an expanding safety net health care system, with a goal of improving the health and well-being of the communities it serves.  

For more information about the CommUnityCare Health Center realignment journey, click here.