Several local leaders and others attended an open house and ribbon cutting Oct. 25 for a new pediatrics clinic along Robstown's Main Avenue whose brightly colored facade catches the eye of passing motorists.

Almouie Pediatrics opened for business the first week of September and has seen more than 100 children already.

Candy Flores, assistant to chief of operations officer for Almouie Pediatrics, which has a clinic in Portland and main office in Calallen along Northwest Boulevard, said the clinic has been well received.

"It's been going good. We're out here to service our patients and work closely with the community," Flores said. "We've been doing a lot of fun stuff with the community to let them know we're here. Our main goal was to come here and give them options. Robstown had only one pediatrics office."

The 2,500-square-foot clinic at 819 E. Main Ave. is staffed by Dr. M.N. Almouie and a nurse, providing full pediatric care for infants to patients 18 years old. Dr. M. Hassan will join the medical office in January, Flores said.

Services include allergy testing and shots, asthma screening and treatment, school physicals, ear piercing, all immunizations, acne treatments, diagnostic testing and treatment for attention deficit hyperactive disorder, and skin disorders treatment.

The clinic accepts Amerigroup, Driscoll Children's Health and Superior Health plans, as well as major insurance and Medicaid. It's open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, call 387-1200.

Almouie thanked the 100 or so people who attended the open house and promised to do his best to provide the best service to children in the Robstown community.

The motto of Almouie Pediatrics is "The way kid's care should be."

"I'm excited to be in Robstown, a new office and a new service," Almouie said. "We made every effort to make sure this office looks beautiful and neat. If you look at the building, and you look at it all, it will tell you a lot about us. I want to make this town more beautiful."

State Rep. Abel Herrero, D-Robstown, said his three children would be treated at Almouie Pediatrics. Herrero said he was impressed by the facility.

"I'm also pleased as a father that we have caring individuals for our loved ones," he said.

Commissioner Oscar Ortiz said Robstown was a wise location for another pediatrics clinic, saying Robstown is centrally located in Nueces County and has a growing need for pediatric care.

"This was a smart move that you made," Ortiz said. "It tells us a lot about you and the demographics. The population in this part of the county is getting younger and younger, and better looking."

Armando Gonzalez, chairman of the Robstown Improvement Development Corp., said the clinic would enhance medical care in Robstown.

"It will definitely provide an asset to the town because Dr. Almouie provides services that haven't been offered here before, like in-house allergy testing," Gonzalez told the newspaper. "The more options for the citizens and the kids of Robstown can only provide better quality of care."