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New Family Clinic to Promote Culture of Life, Catholic Health Practice

The John Paul II Life Center and the Vitae Clinic Open in Austin

Contact: Amelia Erickson

512-407-2900

ameliaerickson@gmail.com

Monday, October 18, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas—Bishop Joe Vasquez of the Austin Diocese was present to bless the opening of the Vitae Clinic.  Following five years of development, a new family health center opened today aimed to provide pro-life medical services, education and health programs structured around Catholic teachings. The Vitae Clinic, operated by The John Paul II Life Center, is the first Austin center aimed at building a culture of life in accordance with Catholic teaching for health care services.

The Clinic’s blessing was held on the feast of St. Luke, the patron saint of physicians, following the official blessing of The John Paul II Life Center on Oct. 12, Columbus Day. The Knights of Columbus donated the sonogram and substantial funding to begin the Center.

Among the services offered by the Vitae Clinic are:  wellness, prenatal, sonogram, delivery, and postnatal care for women, expectant mothers, and their babies. Also available will be natural family planning counseling and NaProTechnology™, a viable alternative to artificial reproductive technologies.

The Center will also work with other pro-life physicians and crisis pregnancy centers to foster use of fertility care methods consistent with Catholic beliefs; and help build a “Culture of Life” by encouraging prayer and compassion for those threatened or hurt by the experience of abortion.

Jeremy Kalamarides, D.O. Ob/Gyn, will serve as Medical Director. Dr. Kalamarides trained at the Pope Paul VI Institute in the Creighton Method of Natural Family Planning and was a Research Assistant for Dr. Thomas Hilgers before medical school.

“I’m eager to support women and couples helping with achievement or avoidance of pregnancy through natural means,” said Dr. Kalamarides. “We are excited about the launch of this much-needed center in Austin and are confident it will help strengthen families across central Texas.”

The Clinic will practice women’s health care in full compliance with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. Unlike other Ob/Gyn clinics in Austin, the Clinic will not prescribe oral or other artificial contraceptives, provide abortions, or use artificial methods of achieving pregnancy, such as in-vitro fertilization.

While funding of the The John Paul II Center and Vitae Clinic is independent of the Austin Diocese, the Center and Clinic are working in concert with the Diocese, particularly the Office of Pro-Life Activities and Chaste Living, to help make this dream of women’s Catholic health care a reality.  In addition, the Clinic will operate in cooperation with the Seton Family of Hospitals, where the Center and Clinic’s Medical Director will have hospital privileges.

The Vitae Clinic is located in the Jefferson Building at 1600 West 38th Street, Suite 115, just a few blocks from Seton Hospital on 38th Street in Austin, Texas.

The Vitae Clinic needs women seeking obstetrical and gynecological services to contact Dr. Jeremy Kalamarides by calling 512-458-6060.

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