COVID-19 shut down Healing Hands Ministries brand new Rosewood Vision Clinic, only a couple of weeks after the operation opened with much fanfare. The clinic reopened today and began providing eye exams and testing to uninsured and underinsured families in the community.
“Chronic disease does not pause for a pandemic, and neither do we,” said Janna Gardner, Healing Hands president and CEO. “Regular vision check-ups are an important part of your health and can be a first indicator of future chronic disease. We were thrilled to be able to reopen our vision clinic and provide vision services to our patients. Our hope is that our community will remain healthy and overcome the barriers the pandemic has placed before us.”
To celebrate the re-opening and honor health care workers, Healing Hands staff at both Greenville Avenue and Vickery locations were treated to a special lunch, including Rosewood Ranches’ Wagyu Beef. The meals were part of a larger effort between Rosewood Ranches, the Caroline Rose Hunt Family and the Dallas Mavericks to provide more than 11,000 meals to medical workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 fight in Dallas.
The clinic was made possible by a grant from the Rosewood Foundation, founded by the late Caroline Rose Hunt. Ms. Hunt lived for years with macular degeneration and was passionate about vision health.
Healing Hands has implemented increased safety protocols at the clinic, and the new vision services are added to their existing suite of medical and dental services, including pediatric care, well-woman care, diabetes education, laboratory services, asthma education and rheumatology. In 2019, Healing Hands Ministries provided an estimated 61,000 medical, dental and behavioral health care visits to 19,000 different patients – mostly women and children.