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Immunodeficiency Clinic Wins State Department of Health Award

Published January 24, 2013

The Immunodeficiency Services Clinic at Erie County Medical Center has won the 2012 New York State Department of Health’s AIDS Institute Award for Excellence in Quality Performance.

Achieving High Levels of Performance in Key Areas

The award recognizes a clinic that achieves and sustains measurably high quality care.

The immunodeficiency clinic received the award for:

  • demonstrating sustained improvement for patient retention and viral load suppression
  • improving linkages to care as shown through its participation in NY Links and the In+ Care Campaign 

Recognition for Collaborative Endeavors

The award is a result of the combined efforts of the clinic’s physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists and others, emphasized Thomas A. Russo, MD, professor and chief of the Department of Medicine’s infectious diseases division.

“It is truly a team award,” he said.

The clinic, staffed in part by division faculty, is the largest and only comprehensive HIV and AIDS care center in Western New York.

Physicians in the infectious diseases fellowship train at the facility during ambulatory rotations.

Monitoring Caliber of State’s HIV Services

The award is one of several given by the HIV Quality of Care Program, a statewide initiative for systematically monitoring the quality of HIV medical care and support services.

It will be presented March 14 in New York City.