MEHOP’s celebration for you

   MEHOP will observe National Health Center Week Aug. 9-15 with its own celebration Aug. 11
   “Health Center Celebration” will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, at the Bay City USO Service Center.
   The free event is open to the public and will include hamburgers and back-to-school haircuts by licensed cosmologists and barbers for kids ages 4 and up.
   There also will be educational health presentations on: Kidney Smart by Kidney Smart specialists, Genetics and Your Family’s Health by the director of Genetic Outreach at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital, HPV Vaccinations – Why it Matters by MEHOP’s pediatrician, and two Ask the Doctor sessions with La Donna Rutledge, OB/GYN and Lillian Solis Smith, Marriage and Family Therapist. 
   In addition, experience New Orleans magic, with “The Crescent Circus,” as featured on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” 
   “Every day in our waiting rooms I witness the value of having a patient-centered health care home,” MEHOP CEO Celeste Harrison remarked about the importance of celebrating the nation’s health centers.
   “When people have a place to go for regular care, they use it and stay healthier. We provide a range of services onsite – primary care services with extended hours, pediatrics, dentistry, OB/GYN and even behavioral health services,” Harrison said. 
   “Our patients not only get the care they need through one organization, but they are treated as individuals, with dignity and respect. 
   “This is what health care should be, and what we celebrate during N
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