The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) opened two new healthcare centers in May in Homestead and Pensacola, bringing resources to those in need.
The Homestead Healthcare Center, 925 NE 30 Terrace Suite 310, opened Thursday, May 22. While offering care for allarea residents, this new location provides a unique opportunity for local HIV positive residents to receive quality, specialized healthcare, regardless of their ability to pay.
The clinic, which is the closest care opportunity for uninsured HIV patients living in the Florida Keys, offers infectious disease care for anyone who is positive.
“Homestead is an area that has been vastly underserved for quite some time, and we have been eager to address their need for HIV care,” said Lydia Gresham, Deputy Bureau Chief for the Southern Bureau of AHF. “Far too often, HIV positive patients without insurance are left with few options when seeking treatment. We are excited to partner with local area AIDS service organizations to be a part of the solution.”
AHF has partnered with infectious disease doctors in the area to make opening the new site possible, Gresham said.
The clinic will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., but will expand its hours as the client-base grows.
“All AHF healthcare centers throughout Florida are funded in part via our pharmacy operations, support from Ryan White programs, and contributions through events such as the Florida AIDS Walk,” said Mark Martin, Regional Director of Community Relations and Development at AHF.
A new AHF Pensacola Healthcare Center, 4300 Bayou Blvd. Suite 337, includes a state-of-the-art pharmacy, large conference center, laboratory services and provides cutting-edge treatment and care five days a week. It also opened in May.
The Pensacola Healthcare Center has partnered with Dr. Barbara Wade, who brings three experienced providers from her private practice to the new center.
“We acquired an HIV practice that was in Pensacola for 25 years. For the first time in this area, there will be a total circle of care for the community: a one-stop shop for all of their HIV care needs,” said Dawn Averill, Associate Director of Growth and Development at AHF.
The pharmacy will be able to fill any prescription – not just those related to HIV. Free walk-in rapid HIV testing is also available on-site at the new center. It will also have extended hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays “which will hopefully accommodate people who have different work schedules,” Averill said.
Both centers will make it easier for people who are HIV positive to receive the care and assistance they need. To learn more about the new healthcare centers (or to find the one nearest you), visit AHF.org.