San José Clinic In the News 2015 

Long-Time Volunteer Named City-Wide Finalist for Community Quarterback Award

December 13, 2015 - Congratulations to San José Clinic volunteer Dr. Efrain Garcia, one of only five city-wide finalists for the 2015 Community Quarterback Award from BHP Billiton and the Houston Texans! The Clinic nominated Dr. Garcia, who is also our December 2015 Volunteer of the Month, for this prestigious award because of his exceptional dedication and service to San José Clinic.

In his many years of service, he has provided more than 7,500 patient visits to over 2,000 patients, volunteering thousands of hours. Dr. Garcia also served on the Board of Directors, and was instrumental in the Clinic’s current FTCA medical malpractice coverage. Being able to offer malpractice coverage to volunteer providers at no cost has had a huge impact on the Clinic since its implementation, greatly aiding in our recruitment of volunteer providers.

Monday, December 14, 2015 was Dr. Garcia’s last day at San José Clinic as he retires from his volunteering to focus on family. We wish you all the best, Dr. Garcia, and you will be greatly missed!

San José Clinic Kicks Off Annual United Way Campaign

October 2, 2015 - San José Clinic is proud to be a part of the United Way of Greater Houston. At our October staff meeting, we kicked off our employee campaign by learning more about another United Way partner agency, The Center Houston, and playing a great game of United Way Jeopardy. Check out photos from the kickoff on our Facebook page!

San José Clinic Mentorship Program Continues to Grow

September 5, 2015 - In January, eight mentees were tapped to become part of a new mentorship program at San José Clinic. These individuals, chosen based on their emerging leadership within the Clinic, were paired with mentors from the current leadership team.

For the past nine months, the mentees and mentors of the new San José Clinic mentorship program have met individually and as a larger group to develop professional skills of all kinds. With their mentors, participants have worked to determine and develop their leadership style, including examining real-world challenges and triumphs.

On September 3, mentees Sandy Alvarez, Denise Delgado, Lydia Dobbs, Balbina Martinez, Nieves McClellan, Donna Nisenson, and Israel Reyes took their mentorships on the road for specialized training at The Cowboy Solution in Montgomery. This unique organization uses horses to teach participants how to build powerful partnerships based on trust.

At the Cowboy Solution, the participants learned more about good communication, essential roles of leaders, and creating strong partnerships. “The mentorship retreat was a great experience! We spent the day learning how to be better leaders and teammates,” shared Donna Nisenson, one of the mentees. “Through working with the horses we learned the importance of building trust in the workplace.”

Thank you to Cowboy Solutions for their generosity in making this retreat possible! It was an innovative way to increase the scope of San José Clinic mentorship program, which was designed to fulfill a part of the Clinic’s strategic plan by providing both staff development and succession planning. We look forward to seeing how this program continues to grow in the coming months.

 San José Clinic Welcomes New Advisory Board Member

June 3, 2015 - San José Clinic, Houston’s premiere charity care clinic, has announced that Louis Rossitto, JD, will be joining their Advisory Board. Mr. Rossitto, a City of Houston Assistant City Attorney, joins a dynamic Advisory Board, led by Phil Morabito, CEO of Pierpont Communications.

“San José Clinic is honored to welcome Mr. Rossitto to our Advisory Board. His legal and financial skills will be valuable additions to this diverse and skilled group,” says Paule Anne Lewis, President and CEO of San José Clinic. “We are so pleased he has chosen to join in our continued mission to serve the uninsured in our community.”

Mr. Louis Rossitto currently serves as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Houston, a position which he has held for seven years. He has been practicing law for nearly eight years, after working in the financial services industry for three years. Mr. Rossitto received the Young Attorney of the Year award from the City of Houston Legal Department in 2010. He also serves on the Recent Alumni Business Advisory Council for Stephen F. Austin State University, where he received his undergraduate degree. He holds a law degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University.

San José Clinic hosts successful Eighth Annual Art with Heart gala

April 25, 2015 - On Saturday, April 18th, more than 300 guests gathered as San José Clinic held its annual Art with Heart event at The Corinthian.

“Art with Heart is a wonderful opportunity for the healthcare and charitable communities to gather each year, and I am pleased to say that 2015 was another fine year for the event,” shared Paule Anne Lewis, president and CEO of San José Clinic. “We love to welcome our dedicated supporters and new friends for this warm and enriching evening.”

Art with Heart 2015 featured a wide variety of museum quality artwork, unique culinary and travel-based adventures, and beautiful jewelry, as well as live auction items focused on direct patient care.

At this year’s event, San José Clinic honored Houston Methodist with the Portrait of Compassion in recognition of their years of support to San José Clinic and the safety net community.

“Houston Methodist has been a dedicated partner of the Clinic for more than 20 years, and we were pleased to be a part of this event supporting their vital mission,” said Cathy Easter, senior vice president of Community Benefits at Houston Methodist and honorary event co-chair. “As a partner of the Clinic, Houston Methodist has had a unique opportunity to watch the Clinic grow and thrive for more than two decades of their long history.” Easter was joined as honorary event co-chair by Houston Methodist Board of Directors member, Connie Dyer.

This year’s event is still receiving donations, which go towards providing the underserved of Houston with quality healthcare.

His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, with Connie Dyer and Cathy Easter of Houston Methodist, honorary Art with Heart co-chairs

San José Clinic Welcomes Two New Members to Board of Directors

January 13, 2015 - San José Clinic, Houston’s premiere charity care clinic, has announced the addition of two new members to their Board of Directors. Ms. Richelle Dixon and Dr. Priti Schachel join a dynamic board of 17 being led by Michael Sullivan, PhD in 2015.

“San José Clinic is honored to welcome our new board members. Ms. Dixon and Dr. Schachel each bring diverse perspectives and experiences from the world of healthcare to our Board. We are so pleased they have chosen to join in our continued mission to serve the uninsured in our community,” says Paule Anne Lewis, President and CEO of San José Clinic.

These new members bring a wide array of knowledge and skills to San José Clinic’s Board.

Ms. Richelle Dixon is the Assistant Vice President of Clinic Operations for CHI St. Luke’s Health. Ms. Dixon has worked with Catholic Health Initiatives since 2003, including work as a Fellow and Director throughout the organizations. She holds a Masters of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan. She is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and National Association of Health Services Executives.

Priti Schachel, MD, is an attending physician at Houston Methodist and St. Joseph Medical Center. Dr. Schachel was honored as the Croeg Teacher of the Year in 2013-14 by the Houston Methodist OB/GYN Residency Program. She received her M.D. from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Medical School, and is a member of the Houston Gynecologist and Obstetrician Society and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Since 2007, Dr. Schachel has also been a volunteer at San José Clinic.


Ms. Dixon and Dr. Schachel join San José Clinic as it enters its 93rd year delivering healthcare to those who need it most. Since 1922, the Clinic has empowered patients and their families to take ownership of their health and live healthier lives. San José Clinic remains committed to providing the highest quality of care in a patient-centered environment.