Much-needed medical clinic to open in east Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Some medical providers say they often deal with Hispanic patients who are afraid to seek medical care. In some cases, it has to do with a language barrier, but in most cases, it is fear among undocumented immigrants that they could end up being deported.

There are very few licensed medical clinics on the east side of Las Vegas, but a new one will open next weekend near Eastern Avenue and Bonanza Road. It's hoped the clinic will make it easier and more comfortable for neighborhood families to seek medical care.

Workers at the clinic will speak Spanish and Tagalog for the Hispanic and Filipino patients. The clinic will accept insurance and cash payments and the legal status of a patient doesn't matter.

"There's a lot of hardworking Latinos in the United States, and they are being deported," said Maria Noriega, a Mexican immigrant and legal U.S. citizen.

Noriega came to Las Vegas from Arizona where she says it was commonplace for the police to stop and question her about her legal status. She says the final straw was when her husband, who is not a U.S. citizen, couldn't get access to a critically-needed hernia surgery.

"I just don't think that's right," Noriega said.

But at Viva Quick Care Family Clinic, there's no need to show proof of citizenship. 

"The fear is that they don't want to be exposed and they are afraid to be deported. They have families here," said Ethel Sajor-Sam, owner of Viva Quick Care.

"There's a guarantee people in these communities can get someone to help them in the language they feel comfortable in," Sajor-Sam said. "Most of the time, they are afraid to go to the doctor's because of communication barriers."

Viva can't do vaccinations or treat serious medical issues, but providers say they can help get patients to the right place if needed. In Noriega's case, she now has a job at the clinic and her husband is getting medical help.

"Thanks to my boss, my husband is now going to have his surgery."

Viva will have its official grand opening Sept. 6 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will be offering free blood pressure screenings. The Viva Quick Care Family Clinic is located at 568 N. Eastern Ave #B, Las Vegas, NV 89101. Their phone number is (702) 522-7275.









 


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