Riverside Hospital To Be Integrated Primary, Mental Health Care Outpatient Facility / Southmore Blvd Bridge Info / Invite: IMOC Program Session March 17th

New Integrated Primary and Behavioral Health Care Outpatient Facility To Be Built in Houston’s Historic Third Ward

Yesterday, Harris County’s purchase of the Riverside Hospital property was finalized. The Riverside Hospital will now be transformed into an integrated primary and behavioral health care outpatient facility to re-establish access to health care for the historic Third Ward community. The main building will be torn down and rebuilt, while the other two historical buildings, one of which was the Houston Negro Hospital Nursing School, will be restored. I would like to thank Houston Endowment for providing the $5.3 million grant to help facilitate Harris County’s purchase.

The original Riverside Hospital building will now be rebuilt from the ground up to continue the hospital’s legacy that started in 1927 of serving Houstonians – particularly Black Houstonians. When Riverside Hospital opened in the historic Third Ward, it was Houston’s first non-profit hospital for Black patients. Click here to read more information on the history of Riverside hospital.

When the hospital entered financial trouble in 2014, I came up with the plan to save Riverside Hospital by rebuilding it as an integrated primary and behavioral health care outpatient facility owned and operated by Harris County. This concept is based on the 1115 Transformation Waiver model of integrated care.

My plan was able to move forward with the help of Houston Endowment, Judge Ed Emmett, Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Dr. Steven Schnee, the Harris Center, Harris Health, and the Midtown Redevelopment Board. It is because of the approval of the Harris County’s Commissioner’s Court and the bankruptcy court, that this is the beginning, not the end of health care access in the Third Ward. Other state and local entities will also be involved in the operation of the integrated primary and behavioral health care outpatient facility–to be announced later in this endeavor.

I am very pleased to see that the legacy of serving the community by Riverside will continue as an integrated primary and behavioral health care outpatient facility.

To see the timeline of securing Riverside Hospital property in its new use, see below the pictures.

 Riverside Hospital in 1926.Construction began in 1925 and it opened in 1927.

The opening of Riverside Hospital in Houston’s historic Third Ward on Opening on June 19, 1926.

Riverside Hospital in 2010.

Houston Negro Hospital School of Nursing in 2010.
It was originally built in 1931.

Timeline and Path to Purchase of Riverside Property and Creation of New Riverside Health Facility for Integrated Primary and Behavioral Health Care


August 2014
I approached Midtown Redevelopment Authority with the idea of purchasing the Riverside Hospital property in order to continue its legacy in Houston’s historic Third Ward. My plan was to have Riverside Hospital be rebuilt to serve as an integrated primary and behavioral health care outpatient facility owned and operated by Harris County.

I approached Dr. Steven Schnee with the Harris Center about operating an outpatient facility on the historic Riverside Hospital land. This will be the first facility in Harris County built from the ground up using the 1115 Transformation Waiver model of integrated care.

October 2016
Houston Endowment approached me because they liked my concept to have Harris Health and Harris Center jointly run the outpatient facility on the Riverside Hospital property. The Houston Endowment liked my idea so much that they agreed to take on the financial and logistical aspect of this concept.

January 2017
Houston Endowment and I convened a meeting with staff from Harris Health, Harris Center, and Commissioner Ellis’ office, where we presented the concept to preserve that historic Riverside Hospital property and build a new facility that could provide health care in the Third Ward. Both Judge Ed Emmett and Commissioner Rodney Ellis agreed my plan would be good for the county and worked with me to move it forward.

Judge Emmett and Commissioner Ellis’ support made it possible for Harris Health and the Harris Center to help by providing operational and financial support for the integrated primary and mental health care facility.

March 2018
On March 13, 2018, the Harris County Commissioner’s Court approved the County’s purchase of Riverside Hospital land and historic buildings. On March 15, 2018, the bankruptcy court approved the purchase of the Riverside Hospital property by Harris County.

Information on Southmore Blvd Bridge Construction

Neighborhood Fantasies Exhibit at Project Row Houses Open Until April 22nd

Project Row Houses presents the Neighborhood Fantasies exhibit. This exhibit integrates the spirit of an emerging art photographer Evan Coleman with the work of PRH founding artist Jesse Lott. The exhibit will run through April 22nd. Please see below for details.

Neighborhood Fantasies, presented by Project Row Houses

Community Gallery
2521 Holman Street
Houston, TX 77004

Wed – Sun | Noon to 5pm
*The Neighborhood Fantasies exhibit runs through April 22nd*


Below is an explanation of the exhibit  from Project Row Houses.

Curated by Kathleen Coleman in conjunction with Fotofest 2018.“Neighborhood Fantasies integrates the spirit of an emerging art photographer Evan Coleman with the work of PRH founding artist Jesse Lott. This exhibition is curated by Kathleen Coleman.

The Houston urban landscape is an eclectic image of symbolic eras in time. The photographer Evan Coleman has captured the images of homes, office buildings, flora, fauna, roads, and houses; front yards where a person rides in a car or walks down a major street and a back road, familiar depictions portrayed in photo montages such as: a trailer, hamburger joints, resale businesses or party events are included. There are familiar images in the collages–a water hose, a variety of mangos, giant watermelons floating across the sky to create everyday dreams as we ride along. Let us not forget the porcelain cats resting in the window of a house, in a day dream; a central, focal image throughout the exhibition. The fantasy photo of a windowsill of cats is inviting Jesse Lott, who inserted a dog to peer at them through the window.

Jesse Lott has made blind cuts, and separated them by color, thus creating the opportunity to assemble a puzzle which has never been solved. This concept in brief can be thought of as documentation of the reality reconstructed as a fantasy supplemented with the original subject matter. Recontextualization places the images into a new perspective, meaning changes within the point of view of the artist applied, which inspires the public to visualize and imagine the symbols or the object commonly viewed in our daily lives. In the collages, a bounce house is cut up and fruit from a stand is placed to add color with common objects to form depth and structure such as concrete.

The countless forms of architecture from one neighborhood to another incorporate Houston’s diversity at its finest, in addition to revealing gentrification from one street to another. Repetitive objects are common features in the artwork in Neighborhood Fantasies therefore a perception is a sense of belonging in the heart of the city through art and collective experiences. The concept is evolving to produce involvement within the community to enlighten themselves within their own area. The artist team will continue to conceive fantasy from random reality.

Thank you to our sponsors Melanie Lawson, John Guess, A Rocket Moving and Storage, Womack Development, and Mayberry Homes.”

Please click here for more information.

You’re Invited: Invest In My Own Community Program Session II on March 17


FREE, local event where you can gain knowledge on how to create generational wealth through community involvements in commercial real estate development. This session covers how to select the best architects, engineers, and general contractors for your project.

Palm Center
5330 Griggs Road
Houston, TX 77021

Saturday, March 17, 2018

To register, please click here.

Sandra Bland exhibit runs through 3/28 at Houston Museum of African-American Culture

The Houston Museum of African-American Culture is celebrating the life of Ms. Sandra Bland with an interactive exhibit, running until March 28.

See below for hours and details. Click here for more information.

Photo courtesy of African American News.

Houston Museum of African-American Culture
4807 Caroline Houston, Texas 77004

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 11a-6pm
Thursday: 11am-8pm
Friday, Saturday: 11am-6pm

General Admission to the museum is free, however donations are accepted.

(713) 526-1015

Our song of the week is “Third Ward Stories” by Jason Hainsworth.

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