Thursday, June 02, 2005

Whitman-Walker to End AIDS Service in Suburbs

Whitman-Walker to End AIDS Service in Suburbs: "Whitman-Walker to End AIDS Service in Suburbs
D.C. Clinic's Cash-Flow Squeeze Forces Layoffs, Renewed Focus on Core Programs
By Susan Levine
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, June 2, 2005; Page A01
The Whitman-Walker Clinic will pull out of the Northern Virginia and Maryland suburbs, lay off nearly one-fourth of its staff of 260 and reduce, consolidate or end a host of other programs to stabilize the organization's finances and future.
The measures will be permanent, interim Executive Director Roberta Geidner-Antoniotti said yesterday, and presage a much-altered future for the region's oldest and largest provider of services to people infected with HIV. They amount to the most severe retrenchment in the 32-year history of the clinic, which began as a gay men's health center and built a national reputation for its AIDS programs.

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