Tennessee: Outpatient HIV/AIDS Treatment Facility Moves to Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks
Nashville's Comprehensive Care Center (CCC) HIV/AIDS outpatient treatment program is moving to the Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks facility as of Oct. 4. Also moving to the location are the Vanderbilt AIDS Center's clinical research programs and Nashville Pharmacy Services, whose specialty is HIV therapy.
Following the transition, most clinical services for CCC patients will be offered by the Vanderbilt Medical Group, which is taking a new name: the Vanderbilt Comprehensive Care Clinic.
Stephen Raffanti, MD, MPH -- CCC's founder and chief medical officer, as well as an associate professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University -- called the arrangement "great for everyone." He noted in particular the "incredible challenge" of providing complicated, expensive HIV/AIDS care in a small, stand-alone outfit.
Relocating CCC will "allow us to do more translational research than we were able to do before," said Richard D'Aquila, MD, director of the Vanderbilt AIDS Center and the Infectious Diseases Division in the Department of Medicine. It also will support cooperation with other AIDS service organizations and health departments to overcome barriers to diagnosis and care, he said.
CCC has enrolled 7,400 patients since 1994, when it was established as a collaborative effort by Vanderbilt University and Nashville's hospitals and business community. Through its main location and satellite clinics in Cookeville, Columbia and Springfield, CCC currently cares for more than 2,400 patients.
CCC will continue as an independent non-profit, administering the federal grants that fund the clinic and offering a range of support and case management services, including specialized care for expectant mothers with HIV.