Evolving Care

The Good Samaritan Project (GSP), which opened in 1985, once dedicated itself to patients trying, and often failing, to survive HIV/AIDS. Now it has grown into an agency serving the health needs of those living with HIV/AIDS.

Back in the 1980s, when so many people were dying from the virus, who would have thought that one day, a clinic inside GSP would offer health exams and more?

Opened last year, the clinic has been open only on Fridays, with medical care provided by Truman Medical. But beginning in mid-February, officials say, it will be open five days a week at Good Samaritan Project, 3030 Walnut, KCMO. (816) 561-8784, GSP.

Truman has hired a nurse practitioner for the clinic, said David Schlomer, who is the CEO of GSP.

“She is going through the orientation process at Truman right now,” he said. “The exciting thing is that it gives us an incentive to be innovative. For example, one of the programs we’re working on is one day a month, we’d have a young adult clinic, and that day would be devoted to teenagers and young adults. And we may have some days that are focused on women. We’ll just have to see what the need is.”

GSP is one of Kansas City’s four primary AIDS Service Providers (ASPs) that benefit from the money raised by the AIDS Service Foundation through AIDS Walk and their fundraising events. GSP’s clients are all living with HIV/AIDS. The other beneficiaries are SAVE Inc., Hope Care Center, and KC Care Clinic.

Schlomer said GSP gets roughly $60,000 to $70,000 a year from that fundraising. He said about two-thirds of the agency’s funding comes from the federal government (mostly from the Ryan White Care Act), other grants, and fundraising events like the annual Dining Out for Life. This year, that event will be May 7, with about 30 restaurants participating and giving a share of their proceeds.

Briana L. McClernon, director of case management at GSP, described the role of her staff: “The case manager’s role is basically to help clients engage in medical care and stay in medical care. That’s our goal. We have eight case managers

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