The Care Center is our nationally recognized, outpatient infectious diseases treatment facility. Here, we provide diagnostic and clinical services for infections and infectious diseases. The community can find us in the medical office building adjacent to our emergency department.
When it opened in 2011, The Care Center provided treatment for people diagnosed with hepatitis and HIV. We now offer care and treatment for skin and soft tissue infections, bone and joint infections, pneumonia, tuberculosis and other infections.
The Care Center built a reputation for its patient services and the sophisticated, compassionate and holistic treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS, offering health education, psychological counseling, patient navigation and referral services, support groups, and medical case management. The Care Center’s work and the efforts of Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick, MD were featured in the 2012 International AIDS Society conference held in Washington, D.C. Dr. Fitzpatrick was also included in the PBS documentary “Endgame: AIDS in Black America.”
News articles have highlighted The Care Center’s work and services have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post and the UK Guardian.
In 2013, The Care Center collaborated with the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Greater than AIDS campaign. That partnership brought singer Alicia Keys to UMC where she met with women living with HIV and learned about their stories of survival.
In an ongoing effort to improve upon our quality health care and treatment options, The Care Center has secured grant funding from Gilead Sciences, Inc., D.C. Department of Health, and National Institutes of Health which partially support clinical care and research activities.