Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic is growing

Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic is growing

Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic is bigger and better than ever! In August 2019, we finished construction on an expasion that includes seven new exam rooms, larger counseling offices and more. This new section of the clinic is now open to patients. 

“We are really excited about the new space,” says Dr. Enjoli Benitez, Vecino’s chief medical officer. “We can see more patients and have more specialists available right at the clinic.” 

Many doctors under one roof 

Denver Harbor Family Clinic already offers appointments with many different doctors, including medical, dental, counseling. Patients can also receive different types of specialty care, including management of diabetes and high blood pressure and treatment at dysplasia at the neighborhood clinic.

We want patients to be able to get most of the care they need right at Vecino. The new, larger space helps us with this goal.

Vecino is proud to be the home of Methodist Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency Program. That means the primary care doctors treating our patients are graduates of one of the finest medical schools in the country.

New patients are welcome; open evenings!

To schedule medical, dental or counseling appointments at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic, just call 713-674-3326. Same day appointments may be available.

The clinic is open until 8 pm Mondays through Thursdays. Parking is free. You’ll find us in the Denver Harbor community just off I-10.

Vecino's Denver Harbor Family Clinic

424 Hahlo Street, Houston Texas 77020

Important milestones for children ages 3-5

Children learn, change, and grow so much between three and five years old. As a parent, it’s normal to look at other children and wonder: “Is my child on track?” 

The good news is, you aren’t alone. 

Is my child on track?

During regular Well Check Exams, your pediatrician asks lots of questions about how your child plays, learns, speaks, and moves. This helps the doctor tell if your child is learning and growing as expected, or if she needs a little extra help. If your child needs extra help, your doctor will connect you with the services you need. 

Here are some of the things most children do between 3-5 years old.*

Look for these milestones by your child’s 3rd birthday

Copies adults and friends

Dresses and undresses self

Follows instructions with 2 or 3 steps

Can name most familiar things

Carries on a conversation using 2 to 3 sentences

Plays make-believe with dolls, animals, and people

Screws and unscrews jar lids or turns door handles

Climbs well

Walks up and down stairs, one foot on each step

Look for these milestones by your child’s 4th birthday

Talks about what he or she likes

Plays well with other children

Sings a short song from memory

Tells stories

Names some colors and some numbers

Uses scissors

Catches a bounced ball most of the time

Hops and stands on 1 foot up to 2 seconds

Look for these milestones by your child’s 5th birthday

Wants to please friends

Likes to sing, dance, and act

Tells a simple story using full sentences

Speaks clearly

Counts 10 or more things

Draws a person with at least 6 body parts

Uses a fork and spoon and sometimes a table knife

Hops; may be able to skip

Leadership Spotlight: Chief Medical Officer Dr. Enjoli Benitez

Leadership Spotlight: Chief Medical Officer Dr. Enjoli Benitez

“At Vecino, we work to promote a healthy lifestyle not just with our patients, but in the community through advocacy. I hope to expand this even more. This is my community — I want to see it thrive.” – Dr. Enjoli Benitez

With roots at Vecino Health Centers and in the Denver Harbor community, Dr. Benitez takes her role to heart. 

As Vecino’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Enjoli Benitez is an advocate not only for patients, but also for her own community. As a longtime resident of Houston, and of the Denver Harbor neighborhood, she takes this role to heart.

“I feel very connected to this community,” says Dr. Benitez. “I want to make sure it is a place where people can come see a good doctor. I want people to know there is a great clinic right around the corner.”

Vecino is committed to quality

This commitment to quality at Vecino is something Dr. Benitez knows well. She began her medical career as a resident in the Houston Methodist Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, housed at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic. When it came time to take a position as attending physician, she decided to stay.

“Truly, Vecino’s call to quality drew me to stay on as staff. That’s what motivates me” says Benitez. “Patients aren’t just a number here. They are seen as whole people.”

Dedication to family medicine

Since 2013, Dr. Benitez served as attending physician at Denver Harbor Family Clinic, Faculty Physician at The Methodist Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Texas A&M. In 2017, she received a prestigious New Faculty Scholar award from the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine. She also holds a Masters in Public Health with a focus on community medicine.

Focus is on improving health for all

In her role, Dr. Benitez is responsible for the quality of medical care within the entire Vecino organization. She is passionate about continuing the culture of quality at Vecino and working to ensure patients receive a complete service.

With her roots firmly planted at Vecino, Dr. Benitez knows well the needs of patients and of the greater community of Houston. She hopes to use this knowledge to help shape the health of this community.

Free nutrition classes start September 19th for northeast Houston

Free nutrition classes start September 19th for northeast Houston

Call Margarita Reyes at 713-343-5509 to register.

Healthy cooking for healthy eating — on a budget!

Sign up now for “Healthy Food and Healthy Recipes,” the FREE series of nutrition classes at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic. This series of classes is provided by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and will be presented in Spanish. 

If you are interested in taking the classes in English, please let us know!

The next series starts on Thursday, September 19, from 10 am to noon. Sessions are held most Thursdays through November 14, 2019.

Learn how to make quick, healthy, good tasting and meals on a budget! You’ll also learn fun physical exercises you can do at home. Space is limited, register today.

Through the series you will explore how to:

  • Cook more meals and snacks at home
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Be more active with your family
  • Reach and/or stay at a healthy weight
  • Save money on groceries
  • Control portion size
  • Have more energy
  • Keep food safe.

There is no charge to participate, it’s free!

To register contact: Mrs. Margarita Reyes, 713-343-5509, or complete the following form.

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Graduates of Spring 2019 Nutrition Class Series at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Clinic presented by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Well Check Exams: 2 reasons to bring your healthy child to the doctor

Well Check Exams: 2 reasons to bring your healthy child to the doctor

When your child is sick with the flu or a broken bone, one of the first things you do is bring them to the doctor. But did you know it is just as important to bring your child to the doctor when they are healthy? 

Schedule a Well Check for your child today!

Call 713-674-3326

Your child’s Well Check Exam is a great time to ask the doctor about all of the little questions that come up during the year, even if your child is mostly healthy. Here are three reasons why:

Reason #1: No question is too small for a Well Check Exam

You probably have lots of questions about the “little things” going on with your child. How can I get my child to sleep better? Is my child overweight? My child isn’t doing well in school, is there something wrong?

But it is hard to remember all of these questions when you come to the clinic with a sick child.

A Well Check is meant to be a low-stress time to check in with the doctor about any concerns for your child, big and small. It is also a chance to make sure your child is healthy and growing as expected.

Reason #2: Well Check Exams are paid by Medicaid and other insurance

Medicaid and other health insurance pays for regular well checks. That means there is no charge to families.

Don’t miss out on the free backpacks with school supplies! Call today to schedule Well Check Exams for your children. Available with appointments between June 24 and August 9 at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Clinic: 713-674-3326 and Vecino’s Airline Children’s Clinic: 713-695-4013.

 

Well Check exams are important for babies and young children

Well Check exams are important for babies and young children

Did you know? Taking your young children to the doctor is just as important when they are healthy as when they are sick.

Doctors at Vecino Health Centers will help you give your baby a healthy start in life with Well Check (Examen de Pasos Sanos) exams that include immunizations and tests that are just right for each unique stage of your child’s development.

All Well Checks are covered by Medicaid and most private insurance. That means there is no charge to you in most cases!

Call 713-695-4013

Make a Well Check appointment for your child today!

Well Checks are covered by Medicaid and most private insurance plans. That means there is no charge to you in most cases.

Schedule Well Checks for your children at these ages:

  • newborn (before 5 days old)
  • 2 weeks
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 2 years (24 months)
  • 2-1/2 years (30 months)
  • 3 years
  • 4 years
  • 5 years
  • Older children: once a year.

What happens at a Well Check exam?

Each check up is different for your child’s specific age and includes all the medical screenings, vaccinations (shots) and laboratory tests recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Every Well Check include a head-to-toe examination of your child. You can talk to your doctor about your child’s development, learning and social behaviors.

Ask questions about your child’s development

You might be concerned about your child’s eating, sleep, or behavior. Well Checks are a good time to ask questions of your doctor about your child.

Vecino Health Centers is a provider of Texas Health Steps and accepts Medicaid and most private insurance.

Have you seen your doctor lately?

Have you seen your doctor lately?

Call 713-674-3326

If you haven’t seen the doctor in 2018, now is the time to schedule your annual checkup at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic.

Take advantage of your 2018 insurance benefits before the end of the year.

Did you know your health insurance covers one annual checkup— at no cost to you?

Welcome Dr. Zeerak A. Qureshi

Welcome Dr. Zeerak A. Qureshi

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Zeerak A. Qureshi to the primary care team at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic.

Dr. Qureshi completed her residency at Southern Illinois University – Decatur and attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, where she was active in the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). She is fluent in Urdu/Hindi.

“I’m thrilled to join Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic,” says Dr. Qureshi. “Working with underserved communities was an important part of my medical training, and I will get to continue that work at Vecino.”

An Interest in Elder Care and Diabetes Education for Underserved Populations

Dr. Qureshi’s professional and research interests include elder care and patient education for diabetes and hypertension. During medical school, she was active in initiatives to increase patient screenings and education for underserved populations in St. Maarten. Currently, Dr. Qureshi is completing a research project examining whether physician education increases HPV vaccination rates.

“Dr. Qureshi will add a strong and stable presence to the team at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic,” says Daniel Montez, CEO of Vecino Health Centers. “Patients will appreciate her expertise in all aspects of family health care, as well as her warm and caring manner.”

It’s flu season in Houston – are your children washing their hands?

It’s flu season in Houston – are your children washing their hands?

There are three simple things parents can do to help prevent the flu. 

If you have young kids, it’s especially important to protect them from the flu virus, because they have a greater chance of getting very sick. The good news is, there are a few simple things you can do reduce your family’s chances of catching the flu.

Tips for preventing the spread of the flu

  1. Get flu shots for the whole family – It’s not too late to get a flu shot. Doctors recommend that anyone older than six months should get one. This includes pregnant women.
  2. Wash your hands often—and make sure your kids do, too. – It can be hard to keep little hands clean, but it’s so important during flu season. Help your kids wash their hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds.
  3. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze – To help prevent the spread of germs, use a tissue, your sleeve, or your elbow to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Avoid using your hand.

What to do if you think someone in your family has the flu

Symptoms of the flu include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuff nose
  • Body aches
  • Headaches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

If think you or your children have the flu, make an appointment to see a doctor at Denver Harbor Family clinic. This is especially important for pregnant women, young children, and people over 65.

And finally, if your doctor says you have the flu, take your medication and stay home! People are usually contagious for 24 hours after a fever is gone.

Schedule an appointment today at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic. Call: (713) 695-4013

 

We accept Medicaid, CHIP, and other insurance. Assistance is available for uninsured patients.

 

Vecino Health Centers is ranked in the top 30% nationally!

Vecino Health Centers is ranked in the top 30% nationally!

Vecino Health Centers is a leader in quality among other health centers nationwide.

The Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) has awarded Vecino Health Centers a 2018 Health Center Quality Leader Award.

Health Center Quality Leaders achieved the best overall clinical performance among all health centers and placed in the top 30% for clinical quality measures (CQMs).

HRSA awards recognize the highest performing health centers nationwide. Of the 1,400 community health centers in the nation, Vecino is one of just 373 centers receiving the Quality Leader recognition in 2018.

Congratulations to all staff and board members for your work that made this recognition possible. Thank you to all Vecino patients for entrusting Vecino’s Airline Children’s Clinic and Denver Harbor Family Clinic with your family health care.