The many inter-related issues facing Laguna Honda Hospital has drawn the interest of prominent author, essaysist, and columnist, Patricia Nell Warren.
In the January issue of Art and Understanding (A&U) magazine, a national publication addressing HIV/AIDS issues, Ms. Warren observes in Closing the Door that doorways whether at Laguna Honda Hospital, or to AIDS service providers in San Francisco and elsewhere, domestically are swinging shut, curtailing the provision of healthcare to Americans most in need.
Warrens current essay notes that the downsizing of LHH and its changing patient population, and the curtailment of eligibility at so-called integrated service programs (ISPs) serving people with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco using federal funding appropriated through the Ryan White CARE Act that are further allocated by San Franciscos HIV Health Services Planning Council (a.k.a., the SF CARE Council) are limiting healthcare options for our frailest citizens.
Interestingly and most likely not accidentally
both the CARE Councils ISP construct and Lagunda
Hondas new CEO are now calling for referring to these disparate
facilities as Centers of Excellence. [John Kanaley,
LHHs new Executive Administrator, refers to LHH as becoming
a Center of Excellence in his January 27, 2004 report
to the LHH-Joint Conference Committee.] What is really meant
by Centers of Excellence is not yet widely understood,
but it may portend budget-saving measures designed to reduce services
to people in dire need of healthcare safety nets.
Closing the Door is re-posted on this web site with the permission of Patricia Nell Warren. A&U Magazine kindly provided a PDF file containing the press-proof, including the accompanying artwork that appeared in its January edition. Closing the Door can also be read on-line at www.aumag.org/viewfinder/leftJanuary05.html. Readers may want to view other content on A&Us web site at www.aumag.org.
Readers may also want to explore a collection of Ms. Warrens essays posted on the Partners link on her web site, Wildcat Press International at www.wildcatintl.com/partners/styles.css.
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