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4/12/06-Tyler

Pearls And Promises Benefits TMFHS FamilyCARE Center

Early prenatal care can make a difference during pregnancy. A program in East Texas is helping women receive that care, regardless of their ability to pay. A fundraiser coming up, Pearls and Promises is raising money for the cause.

Both a doctor and a former patient at the Trinity Mother Frances Health System FamilyCARE Center say it benefits the community.

"If you can deliver healthy babies to get a good start in life. You are well on your way of improving the community," says Dr. David Dalton, Medical Director of FamilyCARE Center.

He says when comparing women who do not get prenatal care to women who do, there's a clear distinction. "The difference in terms of outcomes are tremendous, less premature, less still births, basically healthier moms, healthier babies," says Dr. Dalton.

Twelve years ago Terrica Kioko was a patient at the center. She's now a clinical assistant. "I just appreciated the care that I got here as a patient. So I thought it would be good to give back what I was given when I was here," says Terrica.

Dr. Dalton says the center depends on federal and state grants to help pay for the cost of the care. "We operate on a tight budget and very often we do not meet our budget every year. And the hospital and the foundation pick up some of that loss," says Dr. Dalton.

The clinic also depends on donations, to help them see more patients, and give those patients quality care.

To help continue the prenatal program at Trinity Mother Frances Health System, a fundraiser is coming up. The Pearls and Promises Gala will be Friday, April 21st at Villa di Felicita at 7 PM. It's on Highway 110 North, about 3 miles outside the loop.

Tickets are $150 per person. For more information call Trinity Mother Frances.

Karolyn Davis, reporting. kdavis@kltv.com

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