Whitman-Walker Clinic To Maintain Northern Virginia Clinic Beyond 2006, Chief Executive Says
The Whitman-Walker Clinic will maintain its operations and clinic in Northern Virginia beyond 2006 because its financial situation has improved, Whitman-Walker Chief Executive Donald Blanchon said on Wednesday, the Washington Post reports (Levine, Washington Post, 10/12). The clinic -- which serves about 7,000 HIV-positive individuals in the Washington, D.C., area -- in May 2005 approved $2.5 million in cuts and announced it would permanently end services in the Northern Virginia and Maryland suburbs. Whitman-Walker in September shut down its Takoma Park, Md., facility, but the Virginia Department of Health; the city of Alexandria, Va.; and Fairfax and Arlington counties in Virginia pledged to provide as much as $590,000 to allow Whitman-Walker to keep its Northern Virginia clinic operating until the end of 2006 (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 11/22/05). Whitman-Walker has increased the number of people who receive care at its Northern Virginia clinic by boosting primary care services, according to Blanchon (Washington Post, 10/12).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.