North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A new health care office is opening that will serve patients regardless of their ability to pay.
Hope Christian Health Center is located near East Craig Road and Interstate 15, because it has been identified by the federal government as a medically under-served area with a shortage of health care professionals.
Two years of planning and six months of hard work ended with the ribbon cutting at the Hope Christian Health Center Saturday.
The facility is the brainchild of a new nonprofit made up of doctors and faith leaders that plan to help the less fortunate in the area.
"There was a church that had a lot of doctors in it. Doctors that would go to Haiti to do missionary trips. One day the pastors and the doctors sat down and said, wow we should take care of our own backyard," CEO Steven Flores said.
Beginning with just one doctor, the group plans to see about 150 patients a week, but with the addition of two more doctors they hope to increase that number to 650.
"To begin we have a family practice physician starting so he will be able to see children, adults, geriatrics," said board member Abby Harris, MD.
With open enrollment on the horizon, the group is also prepared to help people get their own insurance.
"We have actually hired our own enrollment specialist to help those that are uninsured, qualify for insurance," Flores said.
While the Hope Christian Health Center has long-term plans that include a full array of medical services, for the first year or more they are planning to concentrate on the basics in hopes of eliminating the biggest killers.
"We are hoping to reduce the negative effects that can go on with undiagnosed diabetes hypertension, you know things like heart disease," Harris said.
The center will eventually be open six days a week, but in the beginning they are going to be open Monday through Thursday.
They are now taking appointments (702) 644-HOPE.