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Houston Voice, March 18, 2005 - File 009. 2005-03-18. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 16, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/5687/show/5670.

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Title Houston Voice, March 18, 2005
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date March 18, 2005
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript _____________^ ______________ ________________ ' ___\_\\\ L ^— HOUSTON VOICE LOCcll LliG : People who care for their family Bill Clevenger's gay-owned and operated home health service is there for HIV/AIDS patients By BINNIE FISHER When Bill Clevenger decided to open a home health care service a year and a half ago, he looked for office space in Montrose because as he sees it, his mis sion is family caring for family He had been here before with a home health care agency, in the early 1980s when people with AIDS saw before them a debilitating life that most likely would end in a painful death. "We had our hands full back then," he said. "I lost a lot of good friends to the epidemic." Located then at 3400 Montrose, Clevenger said, his business had few avenues to which it could turn in order to help clients. He and his patients had to wait for services like the Assistance Fund, the Montrose Clinic, Bering Omega Services and others to be born and to grow." In 2005, he said, the needs are different. More importantly, the infrastructure is there now to help those in need. Although now as then, his agency is a business, Clevenger said he and his staff do whatever is needed whenever someone calls. It may be a matter of referring them to a nonprofit agency that can help. "We just helped a guy last week get into the Bering Omega hospice program," he said. "We're real good at taking somebody and finding out what resources are available out there. We're pretty good at knowing who's out there and whether the Assistance Fund or the Montrose Clinic or another organization can help someone." With a staff of eight nurses, 20 home health care aids and five people staffing the office, Clevenger said, the service is equipped to take care of most needs. Registered nurse Bill Clevenger (far right) Is the owner of STAT Care Home Health Care, Inc. He is pictured with office staff (from right) Sarah Morris, Charles Berger and Roger Reilgelman. (Photo by Dalton DeHart) ft MORE INFO STAT Home Health Care, Inc. 711 Hyde Park Blvd. 713-520-9997 www.stathomecare.com In most cases, he said, "People just need a little bit of help so they can stay independent." When new clients call, Clevenger said, the staff at STAT try first to determine what it is they need. If it appears that they may need home health care, an assessment is scheduled. A home visit is made, and the patient's needs are assessed. "We work with their doctor to make sure they are getting their needs met," he said. Though not all of his clients are AIDS patients, Clevenger noted that he has a working relationship with most of the AIDS physicians in Houston. "We take care of all segments of the population without any consideration of age, race or nationality," he said. Needs of clients range from someone to prepare lunch and help the client bathe and dress for the day to a nurse who can administer medications to a trained professional to provide physical therapy. Although his clients live throughout Harris County, Clevenger said, he keeps his center of operation in Montrose because it is centrally located. "We're five minutes from the Medical Center," he said. Medicare certified As a Medicare certified agency, Clevenger said, "We work with Medicare or private insurance." Recently, Clevenger said, a state survey of the agency found no deficiencies. In addition, he said, the agency was praised for having its records readily available and in good order on computer. The agency operates as closely as possible to paperless. Everything is on computer, which doctors seem to appreciate. "We're very automated," he said. "We have the capability of emailing records directly to the doctor. Technically, we have the people in the office who can write the programs." When he looked for office space to open a 21st Century version of the home health care service he operated in the 1980s, Clevenger said, he decided to come down from the upper floors of an office building. Instead of office space, he went for "home space." The agency is located in a house at 711 Hyde Park, behind what once was the ft WILLIAM J. CLEVENGER Age: 44 Birthplace: Houston Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Houston Home: Spring Branch Occupation: Registered Nurse/Owner of STAT Home Health Care, Inc. Relationship Status: Partner to Edward Rivera Pets: German Shepherd named Herra club O. "It's homey," he said. "We sit on the porch and have our coffee." The kitchen and den are like the kitchen and den in any other house, complete with cereal boxes and a kitchen table. "We're like a big family," Clevenger said. "The staff and I go out to a movie every other week. We go out to eat together." Since he works seven days a week, Clevenger said, working in a house makes it seem less like work. Clevenger said STAT supports gay causes that make life better for others. "We really do care about our community," he said. "We're a gay-owned and operated company. That's just us."
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