A Response to the Growing Healthcare Needs in the Pasadena Community
Dr. Ron Cookston with Gateway to Care approached the Pasadena community about the need that existed for indigent and underserved patients who were not receiving the quality treatment that they needed.
It became clear that a separate non-profit health care organization was needed to focus primarily on patient care and to integrate community-based services into a continuum of care to reduce health disparities and improve the quality of life for residents in the Pasadena community.
Pasadena Health Center quickly became the clear answer to help bring quality health care services to meet the growing needs of the Pasadena community.
Gateway to Care, the City of Pasadena and Bayshore Medical Center worked together to build community awareness of the health disparities in the Pasadena community. An FQHC work group was created in the fall of 2002 to focus health care delivery in a community-based setting.
The community-based work group was comprised of service organizations, business owners and other healthcare providers in the area, such as Bayshore Medical Center, Harris County Hospital District, Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services, and various private practice physicians. In the spring of 2002 the community, including physicians, potential clients, and other community leaders collectively identified potential members of the FQHC board of directors. At that time, new efforts were committed to developing PHC.
A board of directors and an advisory Board was formed in August of 2003 to concentrate on ways to build access to primary healthcare through the formation of an FQHC. The board of directors included members of the community representing an array of industries. The board agreed to pursue submission of the application for an FQHC to be funded for the Pasadena community.
In September of 2005 Pasadena Health Center Inc. received FQHC designation under an Emergency Act by Congress due to hurricane Katrina and the resources needed to treat the large number of people who had been displaced. The center’s original designation as an FQHC was to have occurred on December 1st of 2005.