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care center begins to readmit patients

San Antonio HIV
care center begins to readmit patients

County grants allow cash-strapped San Antonio AIDS agency to readmit patients.

The San Antonio AIDS Foundation, which earlier this month halted patient care at its skilled nursing and hospice facility because of a $257,000 cut in its federal Ryan White grant, has received enough funding through other sources to begin to treat patients again, reports the San Antonio Express-News. Bexar County, Texas, commissioners have allocated $26,000 from the county's general fund to SAAF, and the agency also has received $99,000 through other county grants. SAAF, which was forced to lay off five staff members, including two nurses, is now working to rehire some of the employees and to begin admitting some patients. David Ewell, SAAF's executive director, says the agency will not be able to fill all 36 of its beds, but notes it's unclear exactly how many HIV patients the agency will be able to treat with the new funds. (The Advocate)

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