Showing its commitment to the well-being of its employees, the City of Brownsville has opened the BTX Health Center that will provide preventive care needs for city employees.
The range of services offered at the BTX Health Center include minor medical needs, health and wellness education, behavioral health awareness, nutritional counseling, chronic disease education and resources, as well as cooking instructional classes.
City Manager Helen Ramirez, AICP, emphasized the priority placed on the health and wellness of both employees and residents. The convenience of having these services available locally ensures that city employees can easily access preventive care without the need to leave the city. The focus extends beyond physical health, incorporating mental health awareness and encouraging self-care practices year-round.
At-Large B City Commissioner Dr. Rose M.Z. Gowen recognized the vital role played by city employees in various essential services. She emphasizes the importance of their well-being, not just for their personal benefit but also to ensure they are at their best to provide top-notch services to the community.
Dr. Art Rodriguez, Director of the Public Health Department, explained that the BTX Health Center is a response to lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. The connection between better health status and improved outcomes during the pandemic underscored the importance of addressing chronic conditions.
The center aims to take a non-medical approach to extend people's lives, emphasizing the economic and lifespan benefits of maintaining good health.
The BTX Health Center is located at 1325 E. Ringgold Street and will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 9:00 AM to noon and from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
The BTX Health Center is already accepting appointments and employees can book appointments online.
The operational details of the BTX Health Center, including its location, opening hours, and the ability for employees to conveniently book appointments online, contribute to its accessibility. The simplicity of the appointment booking process, as highlighted by public health analyst Arely Hernandez, encourages employees to take advantage of the available services.
The BTX Health Center is ready to make a positive impact on the health and well-being of City of Brownsville employees, fostering a healthier and more productive workforce.