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AIDS Community Services Appoints First Full-Time Physician

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – A key provider of health services to people with AIDS and HIV in the Buffalo area has hired its first full-time physician. AIDS Community Services also received a $150,000 grant from the federal government to improve its technology.

Until now, AIDS Community Services has made do with a part-time physician in addition to a full-time nurse practitioner. But agency officials say they're now able to have a full-time medical director on staff. He is Dr. Fatai Gbadamosi. AIDS Community Services spokesman Christopher Voltz said the hiring comes at a critical time.

"Unfortunately, the epidemic is still growing in this region. Our medical services need to continue to grow," Voltz said. "In the past two years alone, our case management service and our medical practice has grown by 85 percent. It's a double edged sword. It's horrible that we have to grow. It's remarkable that we can."

Voltz said the $150,000 federal grant will allow AIDS Community Services to implement and Electronic Medical Records and tele-medicine system. It was one of just ten grants awarded nationwide. Voltz said this will allow the agency's staff to concentrate more on the care of patients.

"Our staff currently spends 30 to 40 percent of its time just doing paperwork," Voltz said. "This will make the entire environment paper free."

Voltz said the new technology will also allow the agency's physician to consult in real time with patients at outlying offices through a video link-up. AIDS Community Services has more than 100 employees, providing services to 1,400 families in Western New York.