By Christi Vasquez

During a meeting with H-E-B representatives, El Centro de Corazón’s CEO, Marcie Mir was notified that the Texas-based grocery store chain would be donating $10,000 to the organization for general operating and COVID-19 related initiatives. The unexpected, but welcome gift, comes at a critical time for Houston’s overwhelmingly Hispanic East End community, as COVID-19 cases surge in the city.

H-E-B has been at the forefront of disaster relief in the Lone Star State, regarded highly among Texans. The grocery store chain has been among those enforcing rigorous coronavirus protocols in their stores, and as the coronavirus vaccines are distributed, have also taken on a large role in distributing those to the public through their H-E-B Pharmacy services.

Learn more about H-E-B’s Community Investment Program and COVID-19 efforts.

About El Centro de Corazón

Founded in 1994, El Centro de Corazón (El Centro) is an accomplished Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with four health center locations in Houston’s East End and offers a comprehensive range of adult and pediatric health care services for the underserved, uninsured, and underinsured, which includes primary care and family medicine, women’s health, dental, and behavioral health services. El Centro also provides ancillary services to assist patients to overcome barriers to accessing health care. In 2019, El Centro provided direct patient care to 12,978 low-income children and adults for a total of 46,595 patient visits.