Expanded HIV/AIDS Clinic Dedicated in Long Beach, Calif.
The woman who started the Comprehensive AIDS Resource Education program in Long Beach, Calif., on Friday dedicated the recently expanded clinic, the Long Beach Press Telegram reports. Jennifer Andrews, who started the original CARE program at St. Mary Medical Center in 1986, dedicated the new 8,300-square-foot clinic, which cost $450,000, has nine examination rooms and space for clinical research. According to the Press-Telegram, the expansion will allow the clinic to treat approximately 750 HIV/AIDS patients, 200 more than previously. Officials from the clinic say their goal "is to deliver a comprehensive range of services, offered at a single site." Since the early 1980s, approximately 3,900 AIDS cases have been reported in Long Beach, and about 2,300 of those people have died, according to the city's Department of Health and Human Services. Fifty-five cases of AIDS were reported in the first three months of 2001 (Young, Long Beach Press-Telegram, 8/31).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.