What’s New

Due to the Thanksgiving holidays, outreach HIV & syphilis testing

will be suspended at the venues listed below.

Outreach services will resume on Monday, November 28th as scheduled.

Wednesday, November 23rd

Marys

Ripcord

Midtowne Spa

Ej’s

Thursday, November 24th

Club 1415

All Star News & Video Emporium

Cousins

Brazos River Bottom

Friday, November 25th

Midtowne Spa

Ej’s

Viviana’s

Saturday, November 26th

Club Big Yo’s 

Thank you,

Brent Pendleton

Prevention Supervisor

713.830.3094

www.montroseclinic.org


FLU SHOTS

The Montrose Clinic now has flu shots available on a walk-in basis. The cost is $25 and the hours of availability are 9 am to 7 pm Monday – Thursday and 9 am to 5 pm on Friday. If you have any questions please call our main line at (713) 830 – 3000.

In general, anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu can get vaccinated. However, certain people should get vaccinated each year. They are either people who are at high risk of having serious flu complications or people who live with or care for those at high risk for serious complications.


WE NOW ACCEPT THESE INSURANCE PLANS

Amerigroup

Medicare

Medicaid

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Unicare

Pacificare

Accountable

Affiliated

Beech Street

Best Doctor

Direct Care

Evolution

First Health

Galaxy/MCI

Great West

Health Smart

IMS

MedCorp

Multi-plan (pending)

NHA

NPN PPO

PHCS

Plan Solutions/NPPN

Provider Select

HHPO/ppoNext

Methodist/United

USA


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Sonna Alton

Montrose Clinic, Inc.

(713) 830-3015

salton@jijijops

Medical and medication assistance to help those who have been displaced from Hurricane Katrina

call the Hurricane Katrina hotline at 713-830-3047

HOUSTON – August 31, 2005 –  Montrose Clinic & The Assistance Fund will make every effort to provide medical and medication assistance to those living with HIV/AIDS who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina.  Montrose Clinic specializes in HIV primary health care services and The Assistance Fund oversees the HIV drug assistance program.  It is crucial for the continuity of care to be maintained for those ravaged by Katrina who are living with HIV/AIDS.  In order to make this happen there must be access for all to medical services and medications vital to managing their health.

The Montrose Clinic is working closely with the Harris County HIV Services and HRSA to ensure that each request for HIV medical services can be met.  Montrose Clinic has set up an emergency hot-line at 713-830-3047.  Either someone will assist you directly or you will be instructed to leave a message and someone will return your call as quickly as possible.

Montrose Clinic’s executive director Katy Caldwell stated, “it is important to provide individuals displaced by Katrina access to health care services and medications they require.”  It is currently estimated that there are over 1 million diagnosed individuals living with HIV and AIDS in the United States and there are over 250,000 who have yet to be diagnosed”.  We estimate the need for services to be great and will make every effort to provide assistance.

In response to Katrina and the large volume of refugees that have come to the Houston area, The Assistance Fund will provide help with medications on a case by case basis.  We will explore all possibilities for individuals from the Louisiana/New Orleans area with proper identification.  In order to obtain services, individuals will need to provide proof of HIV status and have a valid prescription request signed by a physician.  “The Assistance Fund has always worked to meet the needs of our HIV community.  This is no exception.” – Ken Malone, Executive Director of The Assistance Fund.

“The Education Department will offer free rapid HIV testing to those individuals who do not have proof of HIV status so that they can get into care as quickly as possible,” said Eric Roland, Director of Education.

If you would like to make a monetary donation to support this relief effort please contact Sonna Alton at the Montrose Clinic at 713-830-3015.  Donations can also be made on-line at www.montroseclinic.org


For immediate release

Contact:  Sue Davis

2005713-723-6011/[email protected]  

Montrose Clinic and
The Assistance Fund
To Merge Operations

New Organization Will Better Serve Clients

Montrose Clinic and The Assistance Fund, two non-profit agencies at the forefront of serving persons with HIV/AIDS, will merge later this year to create a new organization that will allow for the expansion of programs to serve even more clients.  

Montrose Clinic provides preventive and primary health care to underserved communities, assisting approximately 15,000 people per year.  The Assistance Fund (TAF) works to improve the quality of life for those living with HIV/AIDS by maintaining continuity of medical care, serving over 3,000 annually.  About 1,000 people receive services from both organizations.

Investing in the future of the community is the goal of the two agencies’ boards.

“It is an honor to be a part of the merger of two community-based organizations with rich histories of serving the HIV/AIDS community,” said Marianne Huerter, Board Chair at Montrose Clinic.  “The vision and strategic planning exhibited by the two agencies’ boards will ensure that our community’s health will come first, regardless of economic cycles or changing federal policies.”

“Ensuring continuous, quality medical care for those who are affected or infected by HIV/AIDS is our highest priority,” Mike Ryan, TAF Board Chair, said.  Combining The Assistance Fund and the Montrose Clinic will provide the best opportunity to secure the future for existing programs and offer potential to increase services to those in need.”

The boards have been discussing the merger for several months.  Due diligence was required by the two boards to ensure that everything is done correctly.  The boards voted for the merger July 27; the legal work will be completed by October 3.  The new organization will have a new name and a new logo.

In the short term, current clients will be served more efficiently and effectively.   No one currently receiving assistance from Montrose Clinic or TAF will lose any of those services.  Operations will continue as usual during the merger process.  No employees will lose their jobs due to the change.

The new organization will consist of two entities.  One will be the operating arm, which will supply services and conduct the usual fundraising, such as obtaining grants.  The endowment will handle long-term fundraising goals, including capital campaigns and planned giving.  This will allow the new organization to quickly set up cutting edge programs for which government funding may not be available.

“I am pleased to see two customer-oriented organizations such as the Montrose Clinic and The Assistance Fund join together in a manner which will result in better service for the HIV/AIDS community,” said Shannon Schrader MD, of the Schrader Clinic, who also serves as Medical Director for Research at Montrose Clinic.  “The blending of these organizations’ complimentary services will mean more Houstonians will be able to receive better service, faster, which is the best result you can ask for in the non-profit community.”

“As a community, our donated dollars will go further to meet client needs more efficiently,” added Don Gill, community leader.  “The way I see it, two strong agencies are coming together to create a stronger, more effective agency designed to meet the long term needs of the HIV/AIDS community.”

Montrose Clinic was formed in 1981 and currently has 70 fulltime employees and a budget of $5.3 million.  TAF began work in 1988 and employs 12 people who oversee a $4.6 million budget.  TAF’s annual gala set for November 20 will take place as scheduled.

The Clinic’s Executive Director Katy Caldwell will hold the same position in the new organization.  TAF’s Executive Director Ken Malone will become the Chief Operating Officer.


From the CDC newly released 2003 Men who have Sex with Men HIV/AIDS Fact Sheet

Social Services Department provided:

Houston Area Support Group List for 2005

for people who are HIV positive.


Montrose Clinic
Hepatitis C Information

    If you feel that you are at risk for Hepatitis C the Montrose Clinic offers Hepatitis C tests for $20, results are available in three weeks.  Tests are done on a walk-in basis Monday thru Thursday 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and Friday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.  The highest risk for contracting Hepatitis C is sharing needles.  Getting a street tattoo or body piercing, or coming in contact with blood know to contain the Hepatitis C virus increases your risk.

    If you know that you are already Hepatitis C positive and do not have health insurance you will need to contact the Harris County Hospital District at 713-873-4243. for eligibility and available treatment. There are supports groups throughout the greater Houston area where you can speak with others who are also Hepatitis C positive. 

Harris County Hepatitis C Support Groups

Houston – Galleria

Bayou City Medical Center

4200 Portsmouth

1st Floor Education Center , 1st Wednesday 7:00pm

1–800–725-4837

Texas City

Family Healthcare Centers

9300 Emmett F. Lowry Expry , Suite 138

3rd Tuesday 7:00pm

Houston – Memorial City

Memorial Hospital – Memorial City

920 Frostwood

1st Floor Outpatient Conference Rm. , 3rd Wednesday 7:00pm

1–800-725-4837

Galveston

Central Christian Church

2702 Ave. O 1/2

1st Wednesday 6:30 pm

1–800–72-LIVER

Houston – Downtown

Adult Liver Transplant Group , Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church

6221 Main St.

Parish Hall, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays 6:30 pm

713–529-6196

Conroe/Woodlands

Conroe Regional Medical Cnt.

504 Medical Center Blvd.

Classroom A , 2nd Wednesday 7:00 pm

Clear Lake

St. John Doctor’s Building

18100 St. John Dr.

1st Floor Conference Rm. , 3rd Tuesday 7:00 pm

Lake Jackson

Brazosport Memorial Hospital

2nd Tuesday 7:00 pm

1–800–725-4837

*This information is a public service message sponsored by the mayor’s Hepatitis C task force.”


In collaboration with
American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine,

Acupuncture

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


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

Why try acupuncture?

Depression
Digestive problems
Nausea and vomiting
Headaches
Hypertension
Knee pain
Low back pain
Peripheral neuropathy
Smoking cessation
Rheumatoid arthritis
Stress relief
Pain control
Insomnia
Fatigue

Cost:
Initial appointment $60
Follow up appointments $40 each

RWI eligible clients receive a 50% discount.

Location: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
Headaches
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.

Cost

Initial appointment $60
Follow up appointments $40

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

Location
Montrose Clinic-Body Positive
3311 Richmond Suite 100

*Call 713-830-3033 for more information.


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