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Texas: Legacy Combines Three Clinics in Montrose

February 1, 2011

The largest federally funded qualified health center in Harris County, Legacy Community Health Services (LCHS), will be moving to a new location this fall. LCHS will be centralizing its primary, eye care, wellness, and pharmacy services for its clients, including those with HIV/AIDS, and opening a new dental clinic.

The center's new 40,000-square foot, four-story building is located at 1415 California St., in the heart of the heavily gay Montrose neighborhood. When the move is complete, LCHS's building will house eight specialty clinics, 25 exam rooms, four health education programs, and 10 social service programs. The LCHS clinic at 215 Westheimer, which offers HIV/STD prevention, care and social services as well as primary and mental health care, will be among the three clinics moving to the new building.

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The Montrose site is located within two blocks of three METRO bus stops with five different routes. LCHS provides low- or no-cost health services to more than 33,000 individuals.

"There are so many people who don't have access to basic primary health care and there are just as many reasons why - lack of transportation, can't afford it, or don't know where to find a doctor," said Katy Caldwell, LCHS's executive director. "Some never see a doctor until they are sick, often relying on overcrowded emergency rooms."

"Low-cost dental care is very hard to find in the neighborhood, so we'll fill that void as well," Caldwell added. "And even though Montrose has many pharmacies, the new building will have an onsite pharmacy to make it easy on our patients who are on public transportation."

Funding for the new clinic came from contributions to LCHS's $15 million capital campaign.

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Adapted from:
Houston Chronicle
01.26.2011; Nicholas Cole


  
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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