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Fall 2018

Legacy Community Health Board of Directors Amanda Goodie-Roberts

I’ll Have What She’s Having Serves Up Health Care for Houston’s Female Restauranteurs


Alex Jessett Vice-Chairperson Beryl Basham Secretary

Naveen Pinglay Treasurer

Glenna Pierpont

At-Large / Executive Committee

Tony Bravo Beth Bruce George Burch Abigail Caudle, M.D. Victor Cordova, Jr. Richard Davidson Bryan Hlavinka Bethsheba Johnson Mariana Chavez Mac Gregor, M.D. Johnson Olatunji Marissa Taler Legacy Community Health Endowment Board of Directors Tripp Carter Chairperson

Brent N. Whiteley Vice-Chairperson

Bryan Hlavinka Secretary

Mike Holloman Treasurer

Michael Alexander Stephen Locke Melanie Gray

Board Member Emeritus

Melissa Mithoff

Board Member Emeritus

James A. Reeder, Jr. Board Member Emeritus

Monsour Taghdisi

Board Member Emeritus

Claire Cormier Thielke Board Member Emeritus

he nation’s food critics have finally acknowledged what we’ve known for years: Houston is one of America’s best restaurant cities. A host of talented chefs and restauranteurs have been serving up five-star food in the city for years, and this includes an increasing number of women who have made their mark on the Bayou City’s food scene. Unfortunately, this culinary success does not always equal the domestic security most of us take for granted. Even though they are some of the hardest working people in Houston, many in the hospitality industry don’t have reliable access to good health care. Working to fill that gap is I’ll Have What’s She’s Having (IHWSH), an organization of women in Houston’s food and beverage industry Members of I’ll Have What She’s Having toured Legacy’s Montrose clinic raising awareness and money for the health care after presenting a $20,000 check. The donation will cover the costs of needs of their co-workers and peers. And they’re well-women exams for IHWSH members. accomplishing this by doing what they do best: providing delicious culinary experiences for Houston’s foodies. Several times a year, dozens to spend all of that on health care.” About 40% of IHWSH’s of the city’s finest female chefs, sommeliers, beverage members don’t have health insurance, so Sowell and the coordinators, and hospitality volunteers come together to IHWSH team wants “people to know about insurance they create a pop-up restaurant menu that’s one-of-a-kind. To date, can afford so they can take care of themselves year round.” IHWSH has raised more than $200,000 for uninsured women “It’s important women have that insurance in case of in Houston’s food and beverage industry, $30,000 of which a serious medical condition or emergency,” says IHWSH was donated to Legacy Community Health to cover the costs founder Dr. Lori Choi, who’s married to the man behind of women’s health services. Houston’s Coltivare and Revival Market. “We need to talk about the fact that health care for Texas women is in dire straits. It shouldn’t be a controversial topic.” Erin Smith co-founded IHWSH and is an owner of Feges BBQ. “Right now there’s a lot of uncertainty about what is available for us,” she says. “We want our friends to know they can go to places like Legacy not only for their annual checkup, but for all of their health care needs. Once they understand the importance of that, we can dig deeper into longer-term health care options and insurance coverage.” “Many of us were already familiar with Legacy, so it’s an easy choice,” says Dearmond, who worked in the restaurant space formerly known as Underbelly right across the street from Legacy’s Erin Smith, Kris Sowell, Dr. Lori Choi, and Victoria Dearmond Montrose Clinic. “Once people make that initial courtesy of Dalton DeHart appointment, they find out they can get so much more all in one place. Industry workers can make an eye appointment, get their teeth cleaned, or take advantage “This job can be grueling,” says Victoria Dearmond, the of Legacy’s mental health services in the same building.” pastry director of Underbelly Hospitality. “It’s hard on your Partnering with I’ll Have What She’s Having is an easy emotions and your body. Many of us don’t have insurance choice for Legacy as well. Both organizations are working or know what our health care options are.” That’s echoed by toward a shared vision of connecting our communities to IHWSH beverage director Kris Sowell. “Bartenders may have health every day, in every way. cash in hand at the end of a good week, but they don’t want

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Legacy expands team to help patients overcome addiction exas has, so far, avoided a direct hit by the nation’s opioid epidemic. Even so, a growing number of Legacy’s patients have accessed our services seeking help for drug abuse. In response to this, Legacy has broadened its efforts to treat substance abuse by adding two addiction services case managers and a psychiatrist specializing in addiction treatment to the staff. “Substance abuse is a barrier to health,” says Caroline Hendrix, Legacy’s Director of Social Services. “If we have a patient who needs to manage his diabetes, or another who should be following an HIV medication treatment plan, we must address the underlying substance abuse to successfully treat those health concerns. Substance abuse undermines these medications.” Susie Loredo and Elizabeth Reed, Legacy’s addiction services case managers, meet with those patients to determine where they are in their journey to sobriety. Most of the clients they see are abusing methamphetamine, alcohol, or marijuana, and have suffered significant trauma or abuse. Overcoming their addictions is a multi-step process that begins with acknowledging they have a problem. Creating the treatment plan is a team effort between the patient, addiction case manager, and other Legacy providers who offer concurrent primary and behavioral health. Legacy’s social services providers complete the treatment team so we can offer well-rounded care.

Resources for patients on the road to recovery include references to treatment facilities and support groups that are affordable and accessible. “The recommended level of care for one of my patients is residential treatment, but that wasn’t realistic,” says Reed. “He works 12-hour days and is the family’s sole provider. I connected him with sober support groups near his office so he could attend meetings during his lunch hour or after work. We’re moving him into the next stage of treatment and keeping him engaged.” Loredo has a client whose drug addiction is complicated by domestic abuse. “He researched treatment providers himself, and I was able to help him determine the best fit for his mental, physical, and financial well-being,” she says. Recovery plans may include prescription medication to reduce the frequence and severity of drug abuse. Dr. Guillermo Leoz-Callizo, who recently completed an Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, will provide specialized treatment for those on the road to recovery.

. . . Legacy has broadened its efforts to treat substance abuse. . .

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“We know that addiction is a medical disorder that affects the brain and changes behavior,” says Dr. Chad Lemaire, Legacy’s Medical Director of Behavioral Health. “Stigma is also slowly decreasing, as addiction is increasingly seen as a disease to be treated rather than a moral failing.” Susie Loredo and Elizabeth Reed

“It’s different from the medical model. We’re not doing something prescriptive. We’re empowering our patients,” says Loredo. “We’re matching what’s available with what they’re ready for, so they can begin their recovery.”

And, as with all Legacy patients, those in recovery are treated with compassion and understanding. “One of my patients, who has no family or community assistance, told me that Legacy is the first place where he really understood what true support is. His doctor, case manager, and therapist all made him feel valued and cared for,” says Reed. ”I have hope that he will succeed in getting sober.”

Vote for Legacy in the Aetna “Voices of Health” Contest etna’s Voices of Health competition is designed to celebrate the agencies that bring positive change to communities, inspire others, and make America stronger. This nationwide competition is designed to raise awareness of the nonprofit agencies making a difference in their communities, and Legacy has been chosen as one of the eight competitors from the Houston area. The contest is spread across seven regions, and the winner from each district will receive $20,000. The contest is open through November 9. Cast your vote for Legacy at

2018 Legacy Cocktail Party honoring Richard Flowers September 13 Sheridan and John Eddie Williams opened their spectacular River Oaks mansion to host Legacy’s 2nd Annual Cocktail Event. Richard Flowers’ Events Company provided festive flowers and decorations, and Catering by Culinaire served up Southern comfort food. Our generous supporters donated more than $400,000 for Legacy’s Little Readers.

Sheridan Williams, Chree Boydstun, Marcus Sloan, Melissa Mithoff, John Eddie Williams, Richard Flowers, Katherine Murphy, Shannon Hall, and Elizabeth Petersen

Richard and Ginni Mithoff Richard Werner and Tony Bravo

Whitney and Jim Crane Cathy Easter, Brett Brosseau, and Ryane Jackson

16th Annual Mint Julep

Cynthia and Tony Petrello

Richard Flowers and Sheridan Williams

July 15

Nearly 300 people packed Rich’s for an afternoon of outrageous performances at this year’s “Hairsprayed” themed Mint Julep. Special thanks go to co-chairs Yvonne Cormier, Tony Bravo, Linda Cantu, and Ben Dillon, and congratulations to Mint Julep honorees April Ayers, the Montrose Softball League Association, and Jim Sikorski.

Legacy CEO Katy Caldwell (L) and CDO Chree Boydstun (R) with Mint Julep honorees Nick Alvarado representing the Montrose Softball League, April Ayers, Jim Sikorski and co-chairs Ben Dillon, Yvonne Cormier, Tony Bravo, and Linda Cantu L-R: Comcast Community Relations’ Laura Mayorga, Legacy’s Maria Cantu-Ondarza, Comcast Public Relations Director Michael Bybee, Legacy’s Debbie Costello, and Mishal McClure of Comcast External Affairs

Aurora Briar

Elia Gabbanelli

Many thanks to Comcast for its generous donation of 1,440 bilingual books to Legacy’s Little Readers program.

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Halloween Magic

October 20, 2018 Resurrection MCC • 2025 West 11th Street 8:00 p.m. Legacy is once again a beneficiary of Halloween Magic. This year’s production“Kinky Reboots” mixes risqué Montrose humor with Broadway show tunes. • (713) 256-3880

Holiday Giving

Through November

Help us make it a happier holiday for our pediatric patients by contributing to Legacy’s Toy Drive at Tim Martinez, (832) 548-5123

World AIDS Day

December 1, 2018

Join us at Legacy Montrose as we stand united in the fight against HIV. Tim Martinez, (832) 548-5123

The 9th Annual Frank Billingsley Golf Classic April 24, 2019

Mark your calendar to make a tee time with us at the Golf Club of Houston. Tim Martinez, (832) 548-5123 @ourlegacytoday


Legacy Community Health - 2018 Fall Newsletter  
Legacy Community Health - 2018 Fall Newsletter