Former NBA star Magic Johnson on Thursday announced plans to open a 4,000-square-foot AIDS health clinic at Fort Worth's AIDS Outreach Center, 400 N. Beach St. The project is a partnership of Johnson, the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), and AOC.
Johnson, the founder and chair of the Magic Johnson Foundation, also announced plans for new clinics in Atlanta and Brooklyn. The Fort Worth site will be the two foundations' sixth clinic and their first in Texas.
AOC will reconfigure floor space to continue offering its current services, which include a dental clinic, food pantry, and mental health services and counseling. Plans call for the new clinic to be open by early summer, adding a pharmacy, eight exam rooms, and a resident doctor. Ambulatory care will be provided regardless of an HIV/AIDS patient's ability to pay, said Adam Ouderkirk, an AHF regional director. Though the pharmacy will be open to anyone, it will specialize in HIV/AIDS medications.
"We recognized years ago that medical services were the component we really needed," said Allan Gould, AOC's executive director. "This is the culmination of a lot of hard work."
While an agreement for the clinic has not yet been finalized, "it is basically a done deal," Gould said. The clinic likely will be named the Magic Johnson Health Center at AIDS Outreach Center, said Ouderkirk.
In September, AOC officials said a federal funding cut had forced them to scale back their food pantry and reduce the number of caseworkers.
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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