Thursday, December 16, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
AHF’s new flagship facility in Hollywood will house a state-of-the-art HIV/AIDS treatment clinic; the all-in-one site also houses a full-service AHF Pharmacy, an Out of the Closet thrift store, AHF Fitness center and will soon house a Food for Health Marketplace food program addressing food insecurity in Los Angeles
HOLLYWOOD (December 14, 2021) AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is pleased to announce that it is opening its flagship Hollywood AHF Healthcare Center delivering state-of-the-art HIV/AIDS medical care and services to patients regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. To mark the occasion, AHF will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception on Thursday, December 16 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The site, at 4905 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027, is an all-in-one facility that also includes a full-service AHF Pharmacy, as well as one of AHF’s ever-popular and award-winning Out of the Closet thrift stores as well as an AHF Fitness center. The location will also soon serve as home to AHF’s first Food for Health Marketplace to address food insecurity.
WHAT: GRAND OPENING & RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY
AHF’s New Healthcare Center-Hollywood
WHEN: THURSDAY, December 16, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (With formal ribbon-cutting @ 1:30 p.m.)
WHERE: Flagship Hollywood AHF Healthcare Center
4905 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027
- Carl Millner, M.D., AHF Medical Director- Los Angeles
- Michael Weinstein, President, AHF
- William Arroyo, Chair, AHF’s Board of Directors
- Scott Carruthers, Senior Manager & Chief Pharmacy Officer for AHF
- Patricia D. Bermúdez, MBA, Senior Regional Director, Western Region, AHF
Ged Kenslea, Senior Director, Communications, AHF +1.323.791.5526 cell [email protected]
Lauren Hogan, Associate Director, Communications, AHF +1.310.940.0802 cell [email protected]
The new flagship AHF Healthcare Center is relocating from its current location nearby at the Professional Towers on the campus of the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center about two miles away.
“AHF’s presence in the community continues to grow as we are honored to open this new, state-of-the-art AHF Healthcare Center in Hollywood,” said Michael Weinstein, President of AHF. “We firmly believe the convenience offered by our all-in-one model, with a clinic, an AHF Pharmacy and other services all housed under one roof, can help shift the trajectory of the local HIV epidemic for the better here in Los Angeles and our other similar sites across the country.”
“AHF is proud to be able to continue delivering quality care and medical services to our existing Hollywood health care center clients at this new site as well as expand our reach to even more patients in need with this convenient new location on Hollywood Boulevard,” said Carl Millner, M.D., AHF’s Western Regional Medical Director. “Our all-in-one model helps eliminate barriers for all those in need of care—be it those already in care, those who may not know their HIV status, as well as those previously identified as HIV-positive, but for whatever reason may not currently be in care.”
“Our new flagship AHF Hollywood Healthcare Center takes the place of AHF’s very first treatment clinic, which opened thirty years ago on the campus of what is now Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center at a time—in 1991—when lifesaving antiretroviral medications to combat and treat HIV were not even around yet,” said Dr. William Arroyo, Chair of AHF’s Board of Directors. “Today, thanks to advances in treatment, people with HIV can live long and healthy lives. And if they adhere to their medication regimens and manage their infections carefully, they should not need the services a hospital provides. These developments allow AHF to place this facility directly in the community, in its easily accessible new location on Hollywood Boulevard. And in testament to AHF’s remarkable growth, this facility is now but one of 84 AHF clinics across the United States with an additional 757 clinics in 44 countries spanning the globe!”
“All of our AHF Pharmacy sites are full-service pharmacies filling pharmacy needs of all types of patients and clients that are staffed with pharmacists and pharmacy techs who also have particular expertise in HIV medications and their role in the successful management and care of those living with HIV as well as about PrEP, for prevention for HIV-negative individuals,” said Scott Carruthers, Senior Manager and Chief Pharmacy Officer for AHF. “Our one-stop, all-in-one approach is an added convenience intended to streamline services and improve health outcomes by increasing adherence to lifesaving antiretroviral treatments. We are excited to formally dedicate this new AHF Pharmacy site in Hollywood.”
HIV in Los Angeles
There are currently 57,700 people living with HIV in LA County with 1,300 people newly diagnosed each year. It is estimated that 5,700 people are unaware of their positive status. In 2019, 1,505 persons aged ≥ 13 years were newly diagnosed with HIV, and approximately one-third were identified in the early stage of disease progression based on their CD4 counts within one month of HIV diagnosis. While 10% of persons newly diagnosed in 2019 were classified as having acute HIV infection.
AHF, the largest global AIDS organization, currently operates 84 other Healthcare Centers in 15 states as well as one of each in the District of Columbia and in Puerto Rico. It operates 62 AHF Pharmacy outlets in 14 states, the District of Columbia and in Puerto Rico. Each Healthcare Center provides medical programs tailored to the specific needs of asymptomatic and symptomatic HIV/AIDS individuals from qualified medical and support professionals.
The new, all-in-one AHF Center in Hollywood is located at 4905 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90027.
- AHF Healthcare Center – Hollywood Tel: (323) 662-0492. As of Monday, December 27, 2021, its hours will be: Mondays through Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Closed Saturdays & Sundays)
- AHF Pharmacy – New Hollywood Tel: (323) 860-0173. Hours: Mondays through Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Closed Sundays)
- AHF’s Hollywood Out of the Closet thrift store Tel: (323) 467-6681. Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. seven (7) days a week.
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AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 1.6 million individuals in 45 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us @aidshealthcare.