Foundation Clears Midtown Lot, Sets Sights on Emergency Rooms

Demolition of the Fu Kim Grand Palace, Midtown Houston, June 2007

Christus Foundation for HealthCare, liberated a year ago from ownership of St. Joseph Hospital downtown, is planning a new family health center in Midtown at the corner of Fannin and McGowen. That’s the recently cleared lot where the Fu Kim Grand Palace complex used to stand.

Foundation president Les Cave tells the Chronicle the new building will be

a 55,000-square-foot “super clinic” designed to keep the uninsured out of emergency rooms whenever possible while giving them specialized care in everything from cardiology to orthopedics to dentistry.

The San Jose Clinic, the oldest charity clinic in the country, will move into the new facility from its current location under Highway 59 near Minute Maid Park, along with social services functions from Associated Catholic Charities.

Photo of Fu Kim Grand Palace demolition: Flickr user Dan Sandler