Reach Out and Read

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This national literacy program trains doctors and nurses to advise parents on the importance of reading aloud. The program began in 1989 at Boston City Hospital when nurses and doctors brought books to the pediatric waiting area so that children and parents could read together while waiting for an appointment.

The program emphasizes the importance of literacy as part of preventive checkups for children 6 months to 5 years of age. New developmentally appropriate books are presented to these young patients at each well-child checkup.

In March 2002, Community Healthcare Center launched this program for its pediatric patients. The Wichita Falls Kiwanis Club contributed the needed seed money and volunteers consistent with its objective of promoting literacy to children. An additional grant, covering books, was procured from the Reach Out and Read Foundation for the first year. The Junior League of Wichita Falls adopted the program for four years, contributing funding and volunteers to read to children in patient waiting areas.

"Instead of the tense feeling people normally get when they go to the dentist I was more relaxed. It was great to not have to sit and wait. It was a pleasant experience."

- Dental Patient

Mission

To provide access to high quality, respectful and patient-centered primary and preventive healthcare services for everyone.

Vision

Community Healthcare Center will eliminate health disparities and inequities in our community by being the provider of choice for primary medical, dental and behavioral healthcare services.

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Community Healthcare Center and staff would like to wish you and your family a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving. ...

Community Healthcare Center and staff would like to wish you and your family a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.

All Community Healthcare Center clinics will be closed Thursday, November 28th through Saturday, November 30th for the Thanksgiving holiday. Our TodayCare Primary Care Walk-In Clinic will also be closed on those dates. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, December 2nd. Community Healthcare Center and staff wishes everyone a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving! ...

All Community Healthcare Center clinics will be closed Thursday, November 28th through Saturday, November 30th for the Thanksgiving holiday. Our TodayCare Primary Care Walk-In Clinic will also be closed on those dates. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, December 2nd. Community Healthcare Center and staff wishes everyone a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!
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