History

As a full-service, Federally Qualified Health Center, Legacy identifies unmet needs and gaps in health-related services and develops client-centered programs to address those needs.  A United Way-affiliated agency since 1990, we currently provide adult primary care, pediatrics, dental care, vision services, behavioral health services, OB/GYN and maternity, vaccinations and immunizations, health promotion and community outreach, wellness and nutrition, and comprehensive HIV/AIDS care.

Legacy was formed in 2005 as a result of the merger of two leading Houston area community organizations—Montrose Clinic and The Assistance Fund—that had both been providing Houston and the Harris County area with quality health care and medication services for nearly 30 years. 

Legacy’s strong reputation fueled significant growth in the mid to late 2000s.  The City of Houston awarded Legacy the opportunity to open a satellite location at 5602 Lyons Avenue in 2006, in part because of our reputation for quality health care and fiscal prudence.  Legacy now occupies the entire building, providing health care and social services to any and all Houstonians with a focus on individuals and families living in the greater Fifth Ward.

In 2010, Legacy acquired the CHRISTUS Health clinic in Southwest Houston, a location that now sees more patients than any other Legacy location.  Later in the same year, Legacy opened a clinic in Neighborhood Center’s Baker-Ripley complex.  Thanks to these locations, Legacy is able to offer adult primary care, OB/GYN and maternity, pediatrics, dental care, vaccinations and immunizations, and behavioral health services to residents in the Gulfton area.

2012 saw Legacy branch out once again, opening campuses in medically underserved areas in Baytown and Beaumont.  On September 1, Legacy took over clinical operations of both a long-standing behavioral health practice in Baytown, and a well-established pediatric practice in Beaumont.

Historical Timeline
1978 The Clinic was founded to provide screening, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) primarily for gay men.

1981
Montrose Clinic was incorporated as a private non-profit 501(c)(3) community-based organization.

1982 As the AIDS crisis was emerging, Montrose Clinic initiated PACE (Program for AIDS Counseling and Evaluation), marking the first effort of this kind in Houston.

1984 Montrose Clinic moved to 803 Hawthorne.

1985 Montrose Clinic became an HIV antibody testing site–the first community-based organization in the state and second in the nation to do this. The staff and volunteers developed a comprehensive program to provide anonymous and confidential testing, including pre-test and post-test counseling and referrals.

1984 Legacy Montrose Clinic at 803 Hawthorne


1988
The Assistance Fund was founded to provide financial assistance to HIV-positive persons who could not afford new and increasingly expensive medications.

1988 Montrose Clinic moved to 1200 Richmond.

1992 A $2 million capital campaign was launched to enable Montrose Clinic to consolidate its programs into one modern facility.

1995 Montrose Clinic opened the Monte Frost Eye Clinic in response to client-based need for CMV retinitis screening and nonjudgmental eye care for people living with HIV/AIDS.


Legacy Montrose Clinic at 1200 Richmond 

1995 Montrose Clinic moved its facilities to 215 Westheimer.

1996 In response to another growing need, Montrose Clinic began the operation of women's health services, including pelvic exams, PAP smears, breast exams, and referrals for mammograms.

1998 With the help of Ryan White Care Act funding, Montrose Clinic began offering primary care medical services to indigent persons living with HIV. 

1995 Legacy Montrose Clinic at 215 Westheimer


2000
Montrose Clinic and Body Positive Wellness Center joined forces in a merger to better utilize financial resources and to enhance the quality of care provided to Houston's HIV community.

2002 Montrose Clinic opened a second location at 3311 Richmond Avenue to house the Frost Eye Clinic and the Body Positive Wellness services.

2005 Montrose Clinic and The Assistance Fund merged to become Legacy Community Health Services, Inc.

2006 Legacy opens a clinic in the City of Houston Lyons Avenue Health Center.

2007 Legacy Community Health Services was granted full status as a Federally Qualified Health Center, offering primary care services to Houston's uninsured and underinsured.

2009 Legacy announced a $15 million capital campaign for a new building that will consolidate three locations into one state-of-the-art facility in Montrose.

2010 Legacy began operating a clinic in southwest Houston previously run by CHRISTUS Health. It primarily serves pregnant women and children.

2010 Legacy opens a clinic inside Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center in the Gulfton area of southwest Houston. Services include family practice/primary care, family planning, behavioral health services, and the agency’s first dental clinic.

2011 Legacy Montrose Clinic opens on September 12. The new building brings all of Legacy's services in the Montrose neighborhood under one roof.

2012 Legacy acquires the Center for AIDS, Houston’s largest repository for AIDS treatment information.

2012 Legacy opens campuses in Baytown and Beaumont, expanding our reach to include more Texans than ever before.

            
           

 

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under the Public Health Service Act, Section 330, 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n). All remedies brought forth to a health center employee may be subject to remedy under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA).