Pasadena Health Center
Pasadena Health Center was formed by a community action group in 2003. On August 11th, 2004 the center officially opened and began its quest to become a Federally Qualified Health Center which would serve in an area with both a designated MUA and HPSA. In August 2005 the center became an FQHC Look Alike and in September 2005 the center was designated as an FQHC under an emergency act by Congress. The center served as a core health center for the treatment of many displaced residents from Louisiana and Texas. The center has received recognition for services that have been rendered to the Pasadena and Southeast Harris County Communities from the Harris County Commissioners Court and the Texas State Senate. The center currently offers General Medicine, Pediatric services and Dentistry services. Currently the center sees approximately 500 patients per month on average.
The center contracts pediatric services with the University of Texas Health Science Center and all PHC staff are credentialed as faculty. PHC also works closely with a collaborative effort through Gateway to Care and Harris County Hospital District.The center is located within close driving distance of downtown Houston, professional sports teams, cultural arts, museums, NASA, and the Texas Medical Center. FQHCs also know as community health centers are local, non-profit or public entity, community owned health care providers serving low-income and medially underserved communities. FQHCs provide high-quality, affordable primary care and preventative services to populations who, even if insured, remain isolated from traditional forms of medical care because of where they live, who they are, the language they speak, and their high levels of complex health care needs.
Although FQHCs have a broad prevention-based perspective on many health problems, they are much like private medical and dental practices, staffed by physicians, dentists, nurses and other health care professionals. They differ however, by the broader range of services provided such as social services, transportation, translation services, health education, and their management structure. In order to maximize limited resources, these private, nonprofit community practices have developed community linkages with specialty providers, local health departments, hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacists, and other community organizations to ensure services are coordinated and eliminate duplication of effort. Although some services may not be available on-site, the health center does coordinate care and referrals to other providers in a way that assures comprehensive and convenient "one-stop caring" for its patients. In 2004, Community Health Centers cared for 562,065 Texans regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay.