How it All Started
Originally, in 2002, Ruth's Place was an offshoot of the United Way of Hood County. In the beginning, the Clinic only offered medical care and was located in free space generously provided by Lake Granbury Medical Center on its main campus.
"Ruth" was the wife of an loyal and generous donor who wanted to memorialize his wife with a legacy of providing a unique, and much needed, solution for healthcare and social services for Hood County's most economically vulnerable residents.
Ruth's Place became a standalone non-profit organization in March of 2009. It relocated to the Oak Trail Shores subdivision in a donated single-wide mobile home. Clinic operations quickly outgrew the trailer. In 2010, long-time community members, John and Mary Jo Hill, donated a new building lcoated in the Granbury city limits at 1411 Crawford Avenue. The new Clinic location is much more centrally located within Hood County making it much more accessible to those in need.
In 2014, Ruth's Place was chosen by Mueller, Inc. as the recipient of its "Helping Hand" program. The gifts of a 3,200 square foot metal building allowed the Clinic to expand its healthcare services to include dental, vision, and counseling services, in addition to adult and pediatric medical care.
In 2015, the addition officially opened. Generous community donations provided equipment, furniture, and supplies for:
Six (6) Exam Rooms
Two (2) Dental Stations
What We Do
Today, as a standalone 501(c)(3) organization, Ruth's Place operates both the Clinic in Granbury and an Outreach Center at the Oak Trail Shores location. Operational funds for both are 100% donated by local churches, businesses, and individuals.
Ruth's Place Clinic model offers a holistic approach to rural healthcare - offering medical, vision, and counseling services to uninsured residents of Hood County. Dental services will be provided at the clinic when a volunteer Dentist is available. Healthcare partnerships, educational affiliations, and collaboration with various entities in Hood County connect uninsured families with resources that are not available at the Clinic.
Clinic physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses provide healthcare services for both children and adults. “Well-woman” checkups include pap smears and breast exams. No-cost or low-cost mammograms are available thanks to partnerships with Moncrief Cancer Institute and Texas Health Resources.
The Community Outreach Center operates a weekly food pantry in collaboration with Granbury First United Methodist Church, FREE English as a Second Language (ESL) and parenting classes in conjunction with Cooks Children's, plus an After-School program during the academic year and a Summer Lunch program.
How We Do It
Ruth’s Place is managed by Executive Director Patricia Green, BSN, RN who reports directly to a Board of Directors made up of community volunteers. A paid staff (Director, Care Coordinator, part-time clinical staff & Community Outreach Center team) and volunteers (physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, nurses, interpreters, clerical staff) report directly to the Executive Director.
In addition to the financial support of generous donations, Ruth's Place Clinic patients are encouraged to make donations, when they are able, to help defray the cost of their care.
Videos (click on the graphics to view)
1. Ruth's Place Timeline Video
2. Texas Country Reporter covers Mueller, Inc.'s "Helping Hand" gift to Ruth's Place Clinic.
3. 2014 United Way Video
4. 2012 United Way Video