PORTLAND — The Cascade AIDS Project, a 31-year-old Portland organization, plans to open a new 8,500-square-foot primary care clinic focused on LGBT patients, the Portland Tribune reports.
The clinic appears to be the first of its kind in the city.
“They have the same health issues as the general population, but they have additional issues we need to address,” says Peter Parisot, director of development and communications for the Cascade AIDS Project (CAP).
Parisot says the idea for a standalone clinic catering to the needs of Portland’s large and growing LGBT community first came about after the Affordable Care Act and other forces made funding for CAP’s wrap-around services for sexually transmitted diseases unstable, the Tribune reports.
Strategic planning to determine where the organization should focus its efforts began three years ago with the nonprofit ultimately deciding to focus on what it felt best at: providing medical care to sexual minorities.
The clinic will accept private health insurance as well as Medicaid and Medicare. Patients are not required to be LGBT, but the clinic, from doctors to billing staff, will be aware and sensitive to their unique needs, Parisot told the Tribune.
The clinic will focus on primary care and as such will not offer surgeries of any kind. The yet-unnamed clinic will open in early 2017 after a half-million-dollar renovation project. It aims to eventually serve 3,000 to 4,000 patients, with a conservative goal of serving 1,000 patients by 2020, the Portland Tribune reports.