A Big Heartfelt Thanks to our Generous Houston Area Community Donors for 2005! 

Your continued support enables us to provide

culturally sensitive nonjudgmental healthcare services

to so many in need:

Bayou City Boys Club

Charles Armstrong

Don Gill Productions

Empire of the Royal Sovereign and Imperial Court of the Single Star, Inc. (ERSICSS)

Halloween Magic

Imperial Court of Houston – The Space City Empire (ICOH)

Krewe of Olympus, Inc.





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Pierpont Communications

713-627-2223, ext. 144



Houston’s Montrose Clinic and The Assistance Fund Merge,

Creating Legacy Community Health Services


HOUSTON (January 31, 2005) – Two of Houston’s most established HIV-focused

organizations, the Montrose Clinic and The Assistance Fund, have merged to create Legacy

Community Health Services.


Montrose Clinic, a United Way agency, is a full-service healthcare center that offers a wide

range of services to local residents and the GLBT and HIV-positive communities. The

Assistance Fund provides financial assistance to HIV-positive patients, helping them pay for

medication and insurance premiums. Both organizations emphasize the need for a culturally

sensitive, judgment-free, and confidential environment for clients.


By joining forces, the two organizations will be able to expand their community healthcare

initiatives while also maintaining their services to the HIV-positive and GLBT communities.

Legacy Community Health Services currently offers primary health care, eye care, prevention

education, social services, and clinical research services, among others. It has received look-

alike FQHC status for its efforts to expand services to indigent and uninsured clients. With an

expansive offering of primary care services and the assistance necessary to receive those

services, Legacy Community Health Services, Inc. is a national leader in urban health care.


"We wanted to strengthen and expand our services," said Ken Malone, executive director of The

Assistance Fund. "Once our organizations began discussing a possible merger, we were able

to see the vision for the new organization.”

Malone will become associate executive director of the new organization, while Katy Caldwell,

currently executive director of the Montrose Clinic, will serve as Legacy’s executive director.

"It's a good marriage because it gives us the ability to streamline our services and makes it

easier for our clients,” Caldwell said. “As a Federally Qualified Health Center, we are able to

continue our commitment to ensuring that everyone has access to high quality health care --

regardless of their ability to pay."

After the groups had worked together for more than 20 years, the merger was proposed to the

boards of both organizations and unanimously approved in October. During the first quarter of

2006, they will reallocate their staff between their three facilities to serve clients most efficiently.

Legacy Community Health Services is also breaking ground on a Walgreens pharmacy within its

facilities, scheduled to open in early 2006. This will allow clients to receive all of their healthcare

services through one convenient provider.


About Montrose Clinic


Originally established to treat sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), Montrose Clinic has greatly

expanded its programs over the last twenty-plus years to meet the needs of underserved people

throughout the greater Houston area. A United Way agency, the Clinic has been at the forefront

of responding to the HIV epidemic since 1985, when the Clinic became the city’s first, and the

nation’s second, alternative HIV antibody testing site. The Clinic now serves more than 15,000

men, women and teens annually, with over 30,000 patient/client visits for a full spectrum of

care. Visit www.montroseclinic.org.

About The Assistance Fund


The Assistance Fund provides much-needed support to individuals living with AIDS by paying

their health insurance premiums until they qualify for Medicare, and by offering financial

assistance for the purchase of medication. Those we help have reached a point in their disease

process where work is no longer possible and available financial resources are inadequate to

maintain quality of life, dignity and peace of mind. Visit www.theassistancefund.org.






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Best Doctor

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First Health


Great West

Health Smart



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In collaboration with
American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine,

now available at
Montrose Clinic – Body Positive as of
Wednesday, May 5, 2004

Why try acupuncture?

Digestive problems
Nausea and vomiting
Knee pain
Low back pain
Peripheral neuropathy
Smoking cessation
Rheumatoid arthritis
Stress relief
Pain control

Initial appointment $60
Follow up appointments $40 each

RWI eligible clients receive a 50% discount.

Montrose Clinic – Body Positive
3311 Richmond Suite 100

*Call 713-830-3033 to schedule an appointment.

Chiropractic Services

now available at
Montrose Clinic-Body Positive

Why use chiropractic services?

Back Pain
Peripheral Neuropathy
Musculoskeletal Disorders
Joint & Soft Tissue Problems

How do I get started?

Call to schedule an appointment #713-830-3033

X-rays are required prior to beginning services.



Initial appointment $60
Follow up appointments $40

RWI eligible clients receive a 50% discount.
*A chiropractic x-ray package is available for a fee.

Montrose Clinic-Body Positive
3311 Richmond Suite 100

*Call 713-830-3033 for more information.

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