HUG Challenge

Meeting the Needs of our Community

Healthcare United at GateWay is a state-licensed pro bono specialty healthcare clinic. Under the supervision of licensed, professional faculty, GateWay healthcare students provide patient care in the following disciplines: Respiratory Therapy, Physical Therapist Assisting (PTA), Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS), Occupational Therapy Assisting, and Therapeutic Massage.

The Hug Clinic has two missions: To provide free specialty healthcare to uninsured and medically indigent community members and train the next generation of healthcare workers. There is no other clinic in the United States that offers HUG's unique combination of specialty care services. 

The HUG Clinic serves over 1,100 patient appointments each year, saving the community over $100,000 in healthcare costs annually. Donating to the HUG Clinic helps offset the costs of providing these vital services to the community.

HUG Clinic Is A Lifeline

The HUG Clinic Is A Lifeline

The HUG Clinic treats patients with chronic diseases such as lymphedema, cancer, COPD, multiple sclerosis, asthma and diabetes and provides ultrasound for injuries and pregnant women. Most patients would go without treatment were it not for the availability of HUG’s care. Patients are referred to HUG from clinics that provide basic healthcare services, by local medical charities like the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and even by physicians and hospitals.

HUG Statistic

1 in 6 residents are uninsured

in 6

Maricopa County residents are uninsured or do not receive healthcare.

HUG Mobile

The HUG 1000 Patient Challenge

Because of the nature of the illnesses HUG treats, many patients return for multiple treatment sessions that would cost an average of $100 per treatment. Serving over 1,100 patient appointments per year, the HUG Clinic’s saves the community over $100,000 in healthcare costs. The HUG One Thousand Patient Challenge represents the annual cost of running the clinic and will raise money to continue this vital program for our community.

HUG Mobile Clinic

HUG Mobile Clinic

patients have been served by the Mobile HUG Clinic.

Real Patients. Lives Changed.

Juan Testimonial

Juan Testimonial

"The HUG Clinic gave me my life back. The people at HUG went beyond professionalism. They were attentive to my needs and helped me achieve my rehabilitation goals. Today I can live without an oxygen tank and walk well enough to return to work."

– Juan, Respiratory Care Patient

Melissa Testimonial

Melissa Testimonial

“We are a family without medical insurance. I was so blessed to stumble upon the HUG Clinic. The HUG Clinic is an amazing resource that allowed us to put our minds at ease. We welcomed our baby in August, weighing in at 9 lbs. Thank you again for providing such a valuable resource to anyone in need!"

– Melissa, Ultrasound Patient

John Testimonial

John Testimonial

“Since starting therapy at HUG my independence has improved greatly. I can now walk short distances using my orthotic brace and a cane and accomplish my morning routine-including dressing myself. For me, HUG has always stood Hope Unleashed at Gateway.”

 – John, Physical Therapy Patient

We Need You

HUG Clinic Graphic

We Need You

The HUG Clinic is supported by GateWay Community College and by private donors and companies. Your gift makes a lasting impact on our students, patients, and community. We need your help!

For every $100 you give, you are helping an individual receive care.

  • $5,000 will provide 50 life-saving pulmonary care treatments for a patient with COPD, asthma or long-haul COVID.
  • $2,500 helps a stroke patient regain movement and independence with help from physical therapy assisting students.
  • $1,000 will provide an occupational therapy patient with ten appointments to help them regain and maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.
  • $500 will give a patient relief from pain, muscle soreness and tension through therapeutic massage
  • $100 will pay for a new mother to receive a sonogram and see her baby for the first time.

Your gift will make a difference! 

Donate Today!


If you prefer to mail a check:
Maricopa Community College Foundation
HUG 1000 Patient Challenge
2419 W. 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

Or wish to make a larger gift over time, please contact:
Ann Blatté at (602) 286-8040 or

Your gifts to the HUG 1000 Patient Challenge are tax-deductible though the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation.