Clinic will sell properties

As part of the
Washington, D.C.–based Whitman-Walker Clinic’s
ongoing restructuring plans and in a move aimed at
providing state-of-the-art care to its patients,
clinic officials say they will sell three parcels of
real estate owned by Whitman-Walker, The Washington
reports. The clinic will sell its Max Robinson
Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, its
Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center location, and the
clinic’s administrative facilities. The site
containing the clinic’s administrative
facilities will be redeveloped by the buyer;
Whitman-Walker will own 35,000 to 40,000 square feet of
space in that facility, to which it will move the
Taylor center.

The sale of the
real estate also will help fund an endowment to ensure
the clinic's long-term financial stability.

“Our goal
is to develop new, state-of-the-art facilities that will
allow Whitman-Walker Clinic to continue to provide
access to quality health care in locations that are
convenient to our clients--both current and
future,” says clinic interim executive director
Roberta Geidner-Antoniotti in a statement on the
clinic's Web site. “This is the logical
offshoot of our new business model, which is based on
expanding into primary care and increasing the number
of insured clients we serve.”

announced earlier this year that the agency was refocusing
to place more emphasis on providing primary medical care to
patients with health care insurance as a way to bring
in more money to the agency. Clinic officials say the
change in direction will not affect the agency’s
programs that provide care to low-income HIV-positive D.C.

clinic announced last month that it has hired Donald
Blanchon, the former vice president for Medicare and
Medicaid programs at the medical management company
Schaller Anderson, as the new executive director of
the organization. He will start work with the clinic on May
1, at which time Geidner-Antoniotti will resume her position
as chief operating officer.

problems—some created by long delays in payments by
the D.C. health department for services—caused
Whitman-Walker in 2005 to cut its budget and end or
scale back some of its programs. The clinic also
reduced its staff by about 20 employees and permanently
closed a satellite location in suburban Maryland. A
second satellite office in suburban Virginia also was
set to be closed, but several local groups and
governments contributed enough money to keep the clinic open
through the end of 2006. (The Advocate)

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