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Foot Emergency Leads Veteran to Humble Surprise

VA staff at the Humble VA Community-based Outpatient Clinic
(Left to right) Dr. Zachary Decatur, clinic director; Camisha Williams, LVN; Shapell Carter, RN; Noemi Cantu, RN, Nurse Manager

On the one-year anniversary of the Humble VA Community-based Outpatient Clinic, the staff clearly remember the story of one of their first patients, Marine Corps Veteran Anthony Perez.

On May 3, 2021, Perez’s right foot was so painful he couldn’t touch it. Concerned, he thought it best to have a physician examine it immediately; but, realized he physically was not up to driving himself the 25 miles to the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston.

“I really didn’t have a choice, so I googled doctors near me,” said Perez. “But, I was also worried about spending the money I was saving to visit my son in California.”

When Perez arrived at the medical office building at FM 1960 Bypass Road in Humble, he was surprised to see a VA nurse sitting next to the elevator.

“She said, “Welcome to the VA. Are you a Veteran?”” said Perez. “I had no idea the VA had a brand-new clinic in Humble.”

Perez explained his medical situation, but said he already had an appointment with the community doctor next door. 

Humble VA CBOC Director Zachary Decatur, M.D. approached him and let him know his staff was ready to help him immediately.

“I felt my prayers were answered. VA staff at Humble are angels,” said Perez. “When I got home, I told my wife that God answered my call. It was a first-class experience; good, quality care. Dr. Decatur is the best.” 

During its first year in operation, VA’s Humble Clinic has been very well-received by Veterans in the area, according to Decatur.   “We have more than 1,000 patients coming in to our clinic already and we have hired additional staff to meet the growing demand,” he said.  “It’s our honor and privilege to serve the Veterans in this new location closer to where so many of them live.”

The Humble VA Outpatient Clinic offers primary care, mental health, and phlebotomy services; open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and can be reached at 281-540-5018.

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