BIG SPRING – The FMH Foundation of Midland recently awarded West Texas Centers with a substantial grant to improve patient care for their consumers in West Texas Centers 23-county service area.
West Texas Centers serves as the mental health authority with 15 mental health clinics across the region.
West Texas Centers serves more than 6,000 people each year who live with behavioral health issues and intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Little Lives Early Childhood Intervention or ECI program also is managed by West Texas Centers through their offices in Sweetwater.
“This grant from the FMH Foundation will enable us to improve our Electronic Patient Care Solution,” said West Texas Centers CEO Shelley Smith, LMSW.
“Their philanthropy will assist us in caring for the many people in rural West Texas and will help us streamline care across our vast rural region.”
The Electronic Patient Care Solution is the software that will be utilized for West Texas Centers new patient portal.
The $140,000 grant was funded by the FMH Foundation which provides funding for programs that impact the state of Texas with a focus on the Permian Basin. The FMH Foundation was founded by Philanthropist and Big Spring native Florence Marie Hall, who set forth specific goals for the FMH Foundation.
The FMH Foundation was established in 2011 by Hall to continue her legacy of giving back to her beloved West Texas, according to the FMH Foundation website.
The FMH Foundation strives to incubate supporting programs, projects and activities in areas of interest that demonstrate excellence, innovation, collaboration and multi-disciplinary approaches by making grants to public charitable organizations.
The FMH Foundation was created to “foster collaboration, innovation, creativity, excellence, synergy, and development” with the focus on health, performing and visual arts, and community and cultural endeavors.
“We know the FMH Foundation is asked to fund many important endeavors in the Permian Basin and we could not be more humbled that they chose to provide West Texas Centers with such a generous gift that will help so many of our consumers and their families,” Smith said.
“The Electronic Patient Care Solution will help the people we care for have access to all their appointments, medical care and be able to ask questions and provide feedback,” she said. “With all the precautions in place with COVID-19, this patient care portal is of the utmost importance at this time.”
“We need to utilize systems where we can do much of the required paperwork prior to in-person appointments. This keeps everyone safe. We could not complete our mission to serve the thousands of people in West Texas without the generous support of our beloved West Texans.”
West Texas Centers serves people in: Andrews, Borden, Crane, Dawson, Fisher, Gaines, Garza, Glasscock, Howard, Kent, Loving, Martin, Mitchell, Nolan, Reeves, Runnels, Scurry, Terrell, Terry, Upton, Ward, Winkler and Yoakum counties.
West Texas Centers also operates a 24-hour Crisis Hotline. The number is 1-800-375-4357.