By Gloria Roemer
The Winnie Stowell Hospital District unanimously voted to hire Kaley Smith, former Clinics Executive Director of Chambers County Public Hospital District #1 (Chambers Health, now known as Omnipoint Health), as interim Executive Director of a yet to be named non-profit entity that will operate a healthcare clinic in the Winnie-Stowell area. The goals of the new healthcare clinic will be providing quality, cost efficient primary care, dental care, and other healthcare services. Once established, the clinic will apply to be a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Look-Alike facility. If approved by the Federal Government to be a FQHC Look-Alike, the organization may then apply for federal funding to assist in providing healthcare to the uninsured in the area.
Smith holds a Bachelor of Healthcare Administration (BHA) and a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) from Texas State University. As the former Clinics Executive Director for Chambers Health, Smith was responsible for the overall administrative, financial, and operational oversight of three Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) clinic sites (Bayside Clinic in Anahuac, West Chambers Medical Center in Mont Belvieu, and Omnipoint Healthcare Clinic in Dayton) and a School-Based Health Center (AISD).
Smith was named “Woman to Watch in Healthcare” by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce in 2021 and was named Baytown Sun Top 23 under 40 Recognition in 2020.
“I am very excited to accept this position and looking forward to beginning work on providing additional access to healthcare services in the Winnie-Stowell area and surrounding communities south and east of Winnie-Stowell,” said Smith. “I would also like to thank the Winnie Stowell Hospital District Board of Directors for their confidence in me and for providing the start-up funding for the clinic.”