Harris Health System – Houston
Harris Health System
Harris Health System
Thomas Street Health Center
2015 Thomas St., Houston, TX 77009
Hours; 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Expertise/Specialty of LPS
Harris Health System’s Thomas Street Health Center (TSHC) is a freestanding HIV/AIDS clinic, which provides medical care as well as psychological and social services to those who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. The center opened in 1989 and has a long history of treating and caring for patients living with HIV/AIDS. TSHC is the only HIV service provider in the Houston area that offers a same-day clinic for urgent care situations. The same day clinic is administered by a board certified physician in emergency medicine. In addition to the full range of medical and social services, TSHC offers HIV/AIDS related educational updates and programs for the health care professional community. The center is supported by a network of several health centers from Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and The University of Texas Medical School at Houston (UT Health), which provides faculty leadership so patients and health professionals are aware and receive the latest in HIV treatments and medications for HIV/AIDS related care.
As a Local Performance Site of the South Central AETC, Harris Health System’s Thomas Street Health Center provides the latest in didactic training (Level I and II) through noontime lunch conferences for all levels of service providers and ancillary staff, and Preceptorships (Level III) for physician, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurse professionals. The AETC faculty also provides provider to provider medical consultations (Level IV). Technical service type presentations are available (Level V) for groups, determined by need on a case by case basis. On-site educational services in this region are also available and can be coordinated. We are available for planning and implementing symposiums/conferences and have resources to local and national speakers in a goal to provide information to improve the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS.
Clinical consultations are provided to physicians, nurse practitioners, RNs, LVNs, and physician assistants on a variety of topics, including antiretroviral therapy, drug interactions and resistance, HIV/AIDS treatment management, co-morbidities in HIV/AIDS care and social service programs aimed at attracting and retaining patients in care
To arrange your training or consultation, please contact:
Jeff Benavides at 713-873-4026, or email: Jeffrey.Benavides@harrishealth.org
Clinic hours are 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Credentials: MD, MSc
Position: Harris Health Systems - Clinical Director
Location: 2015 Thomas St, Northside, Houston, TX
Dr. Patel serves as an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine’s Department of Medicine, Section of Infectious diseases; Clinical Investigator, Baylor College of Medicine Vaccine Research Center; and Course Director, Infectious Disease Module for first year medical students at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Patel has provided care for patients living with HIV/AIDS at the Thomas Street Health Center since 2003 and serves on the Ryan White Planning Council in Harris County. She is the current Clinical Director for the Houston LPS’s Texas/Oklahoma AETC. Since 2013, she has strengthened the AETC program with collaborations in longitudinal training with the Healthcare for the Homeless program and is currently expanding AETC programming through webinar-type activities and increased use of telehealth resources at Thomas Street Health Center.