About Us

For almost 30 years, El Buen Samaritano has remained committed to its mission of helping Latino and other families in Central Texas lead healthy, productive and secure lives through high-quality and affordable healthcare, family literacy and emergency food assistance.

Uniquely, El Buen is a faith and community-based organization established as an outreach ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. For more on our history, click here.

By design, we focus on culturally and linguistically appropriate services. This intentionality helps us work towards health equity by providing effective, integrated and comprehensive health and human services. We start by acknowledging that an individual’s health begins before they come to our clinic—at their homes, schools and at work.

El Buen's Impact

In 2015, El Buen served more than 12,000 families by providing:

  • Quality primary and mental health services to more than 6,000 unique patients;
  • Community health education on diabetes self-management, prenatal and reproductive health to 1,700 individuals;
  • Nutritious food by providing emergency food assistance to 5,500 families; and
  • Family literacy services to 740 adults and 180 youth for academic support and enrichment

Patient-Centered Care

Patient-Centered Care

El Buen is on a two-year journey towards becoming a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). This care delivery model emphasizes health care coordination and communication to transform primary care to “what patients want it to be.”Using this model, patients are treated with respect, dignity and compassion that enable strong and trusting relationships with providers and staff.

Patients in medical homes receive the right care, in the right amount, at the right time. A medical home is best described as a model or philosophy of primary care that is patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible, and focused on quality and safety. It has become a widely accepted model for how primary care should be organized and delivered throughout the health care system, and is a philosophy of health care delivery that encourages providers and care teams to meet patients where they are, from the most simple to the most complex conditions.

Above all, the medical home is not a final destination. Instead, it is a fluid model for achieving primary care excellence. PCMH recognition is the most widely adopted model for transforming primary care practices into medical homes.

El Buen will be applying for accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance which is a private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality in 2017.