Music City AIDS Gala set for August 7


The Music City AIDS Gala, benefiting the Comprehensive Care Center and the life-saving care it provides to thousands of Middle Tennesseans with HIV and AIDS, will be held on Friday, August 7, at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center.

Host committee chair Colleen Conway-Welch, PhD, CNM, Dean of the Vanderbilt School of Nursing, and the entire host committee have planned an exciting evening of art, entertainment and educational awareness that is sure to be unforgettable.

Since opening in 1994, the Comprehensive Care Center has become one of the nation’s largest and most successful HIV treatment centers. It has enrolled over 7,000 patients and has established satellite clinics in Cookeville, Springfield and Columbia.

In addition to providing comprehensive primary healthcare for HIV infected adults, it provides psychiatric, nutritional and medical case management services. Of the many successes that can be cited, few are as inspirational as facilitating the births of over 170 HIV negative babies from HIV infected mothers. The Center continues to serve as a model for high quality care and is a national and international center for research and training.

“None of this would have been possible without the generous support from Nashvillians," said Stephen P. Raffanti, MD, MPH, founder, chief medical officer, and associate professor of medicine at Vanderbilt.

"As we look to the next 15 years, we recognize the greater need for support and help. The economic and social challenges that we face in providing care to our patients have become daunting. We will be extremely grateful for any help and support. I can guarantee you that the Center’s activities are some of the most cost effective, humane and essential healthcare services provided in Tennessee.”

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