The Johns Hopkins AIDS Service was initiated in 1983. During the ensuing years it has grown in size and scope to meet increasing demand for services.
The program now provides primary care to about 2000 patients; most of the patients are from Baltimore City, which ranks eighth in per capita AIDS cases among U.S. cities and ranks first in the rate of increase for reported AIDS cases in the past five years. The Hopkins AIDS Service contracts with other regional facilities, including the STD Clinics of the Baltimore City Health Department, the Maryland Division of Corrections, Healthcare for the Homeless and six local county health departments. The total number receiving care through this network is about 5,500.
The Hopkins AIDS Service is housed within the Infectious Disease Division of Johns Hopkins University and utilizes the resources of Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. The mission is standard for an academic institution: care, research and education. The component parts of the service include the Moore Clinic for outpatient clinic services, which handles over 10,000 patient visits per year, the 21-bed B. Frank Polk inpatient unit, now celebrating its tenth anniversary, a 17-bed long term care facility at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Campus, the Gift of Hope Home, a residential facility dedicated by Mother Theresa, a home care program, a social work program, the Moore Clinic database, which tracks clinical experience, resource utilization and cost, an Education Training Center, a clinical trials program which includes the Hopkins ACTG, and a highly valued roster of Hopkins-based specialists.
The staff of the AIDS Service (photo) includes 142 full time employees with inclusion of the staff of the inpatient unit. A somewhat unique aspect of this service is that this group directly supervises all of the care delivery components described above. This newsletter represents one component of the service activity, and it draws from the total experience.