Fort Worth Star-Telegram (12.02.11) - Tuesday, December 06,
Former NBA star Magic Johnson on Thursday announced plans to
open a 4,000-square-foot AIDS health clinic at Fort Worth's
AIDS Outreach Center, 400 N. Beach St. The project is a
partnership of Johnson, the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare
Foundation (AHF), and AOC.
Johnson, the founder and chair of the Magic Johnson
Foundation, also announced plans for new clinics in Atlanta
and Brooklyn. The Fort Worth site will be the two foundations'
sixth clinic and their first in Texas.
AOC will reconfigure floor space to continue offering its
current services, which include a dental clinic, food pantry,
and mental health services and counseling. Plans call for the
new clinic to be open by early summer, adding a pharmacy,
eight exam rooms, and a resident doctor. Ambulatory care will
be provided regardless of an HIV/AIDS patient's ability to
pay, said Adam Ouderkirk, an AHF regional director. Though the
pharmacy will be open to anyone, it will specialize in
"We recognized years ago that medical services were the
component we really needed," said Allan Gould, AOC's executive
director. "This is the culmination of a lot of hard work."
While an agreement for the clinic has not yet been finalized,
"it is basically a done deal," Gould said. The clinic likely
will be named the Magic Johnson Health Center at AIDS Outreach
Center, said Ouderkirk.
In September, AOC officials said a federal funding cut had
forced them to scale back their food pantry and reduce the
number of caseworkers.