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Published on March 11, 2011

New center improves AIDS care

A new facility and new approach promises to greatly improve care for people with HIV, AIDS and other infectious diseases. Moses Cone Health System is joining three other agencies in setting up the Regional Center for Infectious Disease.

The Center opens Monday, April 4, in suite 111 in Wendover Medical Center across Northwood Street from The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital. By partnering with other HIV/AIDS providers, it will offer multiple services for patients in one convenient setting.

“Our vision for the new location was to figure out what could be done to make things easier for the patients,” says Anne Brown, RN, a member of the clinic development team. “The new location will be a ‘one-stop shop’ offering medications, counseling, case management and treatment.”

The center has a nurse practitioner, the first that it has had. It also has space for two case managers from Triad Health Project and one mental health counselor from Family Service of the Piedmont. Those two community agencies worked with The Infectious Disease Clinic in the past when it was located in the basement of Moses Cone Hospital.

“We are very excited about the opportunities that the new clinic and the new partnerships will offer our patients," says Dr. Jeffrey Hatcher, medical director. "We are creating something that is absolutely unique in this area by bringing together four different service providers to facilitate patient care.”

The long-term vision to develop the center came from Dr. John Campbell, an infectious disease physician with the Internal Medicine Training Program at Moses Cone Health System. “He has been an advocate for this patient population and for this model of care for 15 years or more,” says Sandra Boren, Vice President and Senior Program Officer, Cone Health Foundation.

The Cone Health Foundation was another catalyst for the project, providing local funding assistance. Central Carolina Health Network and the University of North Carolina are providing federal funding through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. The Regional Center will receive federal funding totaling $1,237,468, which represents 55 percent of the total budget for the Regional Center. Non-government sources will provide $997,615, 45 percent of the total Regional Center budget.

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