David Powell HIV Clinic Faces Burden of Its Success
Fri., June 12, 1998
"Here in Austin, that isn't a problem for me because I go to the Powell Clinic, and they're incredibly sophisticated about my treatment. Even better, they understand what I'm going through as a human being, and they've been through it with Lord-only-knows how many other people with HIV before."
What has become a problem for George and hundreds like him is the overwhelming growth thrust on the David Powell Clinic, which is bursting at the seams space-wise and faces difficult restraints on its ability to serve a still-growing load. The nationally acclaimed clinic, housed in a small former community center in West Austin, has nowhere to put the additional people its mission demands, and the nature of the building and site do not readily lend themselves to expansion. The staff, meanwhile, juggles scheduling as best it can.
"I really feel for them and for us patients," George notes from a client perspective, "but the city needs to do something for the clinic before everybody just goes nuts."
And the city is indeed looking for an answer. A public meeting regarding relocating David Powell will be held Monday, June 22, 6-8pm at Brackenridge Hospital, third floor Boardroom. Interested folks are urged to attend.
- Sandy Bartlett,
Community Information/Education Coordinator
AIDS Services of Austin
ASA Info Line: 458-AIDS