St. Mary's McAuley Unit
Gets HIVAIDS Funds
LANSING — Saint Mary’s Health Care’s McAuley Health Center is one of 13 Michigan programs outside of the Detroit area that recently shared $4 million in HIV/AIDS Continuum of Care grants.
While the McAuley program has been awarded the grant every year since 1990, Grants Manager Jeanne DeBruyn noted that the application is a competitive process.
“It gets renewed based upon your performance. We have to re-apply every year,” DeBruyn said.
The McAuley center was awarded $300,000 per year for each of the next three years, according to Michigan Department of Community Health official Patrick Yankee, as long as the center meets grant criteria, which are reviewed each year. The MDCH doles out the grants from money allocated by the federal government.
McAuley Health Center Program Manager Kristin Durell said the grant, which begins Oct. 1, is a slight increase from the previous award. It supports mental health and substance abuse counseling, case management and some transportation costs for patients.
Durell said the center’s annual budget is about $1.2 million. The budget is supported by three other government grants, insurance funding, program-related income, support from Saint Mary’s and donations, she said.
The 4,500-square-foot center served about 700 HIV-positive and AIDS patients from 26 counties in 2006, Durell said. Three doctors who are infectious disease specialists spend part of their time at the center, which employs an additional 12 staff members. The center also provides anonymous free testing and prevention programs.
“We have taken some pretty significant steps in the last couples of years to make sure we access everyone who needs care from us,” Durell said.
Also receiving grants were Community AIDS Resources and Educations Services (CARES) in Kalamazoo and Benton Harbor, $685,437; and Hackley Hospital’s McClees Clinic in Muskegon, $263,597. Two new programs were added to the list for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1: the Ingham County Health Department and the Central Michigan District Health Department.