The Whitman-Walker Clinic announced on Wednesday that it has changed its name to “Whitman-Walker Health” to reflect its expanded role in recent years as a primary care provider for a wide range of health and medical services in addition to HIV/AIDS.
Whitman-Walker officials rolled out the name change along with a new logo and website at the organization’s 19th Annual Spring Gala Wednesday night at a reception hall in Northwest Washington.
“This name change best emphasizes who Whitman-Walker is now and what we aspire to be in the future: a full-service, best-in-class health center,” said Whitman-Walker Executive Director Don Blanchon.
“We want to educate the metro D.C. community about the full range of health care services we offer,” Blanchon said. “The word ‘Health’ best conveys our current and future role in the community as a health center and reflects our unwavering commitment to the highest quality of care for our patients,” he said.
Blanchon added that Whitman-Walker is staying “true to our roots” by remaining committed to serving the LGBT community and people living with HIV/AIDS.
In a statement released Wednesday, Whitman-Walker Health said it now offers “primary medical and dental care; mental health and addictions counseling and treatment; HIV education, prevention, and testing; legal services; and medical adherence care management.” As it has in the past, Whitman-Walker continues to offer non-HIV related sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing and treatment on a walk-in basis.
The statement adds, “We are especially committed to meeting the health needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and people living with HIV/AIDS.”
“The new logo boldly embraces our past, present and future,” Blanchon said. “It honors our past by incorporating the two ‘W’s from the original logo. Its use of color represents the diversity of our patients and the communities we serve. And it includes a triangle symbol, which highlights our commitment to the three principles of community, caring and quality.”