The new facility on Westheimer offers a list of preventative care services in a spa-like setting.
By Barrett White
What do you think of when you think about preventative health care? Stuffy exam rooms, drab queue areas, and long wait times? Perhaps, but certainly not if you’re a patient at Legacy. The same community clinic network that brought you the beautiful buildings in Montrose, Fifth Ward, Southwest, and elsewhere, Legacy proudly introduces Wellness Bar by Legacy.
The new 2,100 sqft facility located at 120 Westheimer in Montrose offers certain preventative care services in a spa-like setting. Like services available at other Legacy clinics, Wellness Bar’s services are affordable and available to all who walk through the door. Medicare, Medicaid and private insurances are accepted. A sliding fee scale discount program is available to eligible patients based on their family size and income.
Wellness Bar offers a list of health and wellness services, including HIV prevention therapy (PrEP), rapid STI and HIV testing services, connection to care for other health care needs illnesses, and sexual health screenings all in a comfortable and discreet setting.
Guests are greeted at the door by a Wellness Host and, after the COVID-19 pandemic, will be seated in the lobby where they are free to enjoy a complimentary coffee at the coffee bar. Free WiFi is also provided. Appointments take place in exam rooms with gold-accented cabinetry and comfortable reclining chairs instead of the typical bulky exam chairs you might see in other physician offices. Due to the pandemic, guests will be checked in and asked to wait in their exam rooms at this time.
The facility’s two restrooms are both gender-inclusive.
“We are excited to offer a unique setting for healthcare to our community,” says Karen Gurwitch, Senior Vice President of Clinical Integration and Financial Support for Legacy Community Health and the mind behind Wellness Bar. “It’s our mission to meet patients where they are, both physically and emotionally. With Wellness Bar, we strive to satisfy both. Wellness Bar is right here in Montrose, in a central location. The 82 Metro line passes right outside Wellness Bar’s front door. And if you’re looking to take control of your health but you don’t know how to take the first step, we are here for you.”
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, guests are screened upon entering Wellness Bar for COVID-19 symptoms like fever, shortness of breath, cough, fatigue, and contact with others who have tested positive for the virus. Guests are then asked to wait in an exam room. The flow of guests and employees is tailored to avoid individuals sharing spaces while accessing Wellness Bar’s convenient services.
Wellness Bar accepts patients by both walk-in and appointment. Call ahead at (713) 814-3730 or visit WellnessBarByLegacy.org, or visit in person at 120 Westheimer Road.