AIDS Healthcare Foundation Joins Forces with Dr. Barry Rodwick, Longstanding and Respected Tampa Bay Medical Provider

After 18 Years of Service, Dr. Rodwick will Merge his ‘Health Positive’ Practice in Safety Harbor with AHF in State-of-the-art Clinic that Will Continue to Offer Patients Improved Access to Quality Care, Services

TAMPA, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization which serves over 15,000 Floridians living with HIV/AIDS through a variety of programs throughout the state including eight AHF Pharmacy locations, will join forces with Barry M. Rodwick, M.D., a respected longstanding medical provider in the Tampa Bay area serving patients who have medical issues that many other physicians in the area have been unwilling or unable to care for. Effective October 1st, Dr. Rodwick will merge his ‘Health Positive’ practice, which currently serves approximately 800 HIV-positive individuals and more than 125 transgendered patients, with AHF, which currently has four other healthcare facilities in Florida. The newly merged facility, which will be known as the AHF HEALTH POSITIVE/Tampa Bay, will remain at its current location: 3135 State Road 580, Suite #1, Safety Harbor, FL 34695 tel: (727) 725-9931.

“I have served the Tampa community as an independent medical office for the last eighteen years and take pride and enjoyment in providing specialized care to patients that have medical issues that not many other physicians have been willing or able to manage,” said Barry M. Rodwick, M.D. “Once we have joined forces with AHF, we will continue seeing all of our ‘Health Positive’ patients: those living with HIV/AIDS, those that do not have HIV, transgendered patients and others. This collaboration with AHF will enable us to provide even more services and increased availability to all the patients we have been treating. We will continue to accept almost all new HIV and transgendered patients. I am very excited about this new association with AIDS Healthcare Foundation and see many great things coming from it.”

“One of our eight AHF Pharmacy locations in Florida is situated right next to Dr. Rodwick’s ‘Health Positive’ offices in Safety Harbor, and our pharmacist at that facility, Cheryl Graziose, has had a great working relationship with Dr. Rodwick and his staff. We are honored to now formally join forces in this AHF Health Positive clinic and have a respected medical provider like Dr. Rodwick join our AHF family,” said Michael Kahane, AHF Bureau Chief, Southern Region, US. “This collaboration allows Dr. Rodwick to continue caring for his patients and to expand his services to others who may also be in need.”

“Our partnership with Dr. Rodwick in the new AHF Health Positive center in the Tampa Bay area follows a longstanding AHF tradition in which we try to locate our health care centers and pharmacies in easily accessible, community-based settings,” said Michael Weinstein, President, AIDS Healthcare Foundation. “We thank Dr. Rodwick for his years dedicated to caring for many underserved populations throughout Tampa. We are also very fortunate that he will carry on sharing his medical expertise with patients via this partnership.”

AHF Healthcare Centers

AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Healthcare Centers provide state-of-the-art out-patient medical services to maximize the health and well-being of persons living at all stages of HIV disease regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. Each facility provides medical programs tailored to the specific needs of asymptomatic and symptomatic HIV/AIDS individuals from qualified medical and support professionals.

Services at AHF’s Healthcare Centers include initial screening, on-going monitoring and laboratory work, aggressive management of HIV/AIDS with combined drug therapies, and access (for those who may choose) to clinical research trials. Other services include public benefits counseling and advocacy, mental health counseling and 24-hour access to medical advice.

AHF Pharmacy AHF Pharmacy provides outstanding service that is tailored to the specific needs of patients and clients. Since AHF Pharmacy is an affiliate of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), clients can be confident they are placing their business with an established leader in healthcare and research. AHF Pharmacy is also open to everyone, not just those living with HIV/AIDS. Revenues generated from AHF Pharmacy contribute to caring for AHF patients as well as supporting its prevention and testing programs worldwide.

AHF’s Tampa Locations:

                   
 

AHF HEALTH POSITIVE/Tampa Bay

AHF Pharmacy

3135 State Road 580, Suite 1 3135 State Road 580, Suite 12
Safety Harbor, Fl 34695 Safety Harbor, Fl 34695
(727) 725-9931 (727) 259-2000
 

AIDS Healthcare Foundation

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and services to more than 138,000 individuals in 23 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific region and Eastern Europe. www.aidshealth.org

In FLORIDA, AHF serves more than 15,000 Floridians living with HIV/AIDS through a variety of programs, including free HIV testing and prevention programs; HIV/AIDS health care centers located in Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Jacksonville, eight AHF Pharmacies located throughout the state, a statewide disease management program; and its Positive Healthcare Managed Care program.

Barry M. Rodwick, M. D

Dr. Barry M. Rodwick moved to the Clearwater, FL area in 1989 after completing his residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of St. Raphael, affiliated with Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. After practicing internal medicine for 3 years at Mease Clinic Countryside, he opened his own practice, Health Positive, in 1992, serving HIV/AIDS patients. He has been certified as an HIV Specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine since the certification was established in 2001. He also was a medical director at Suncoast Hospice for 16 years, being certified by The American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Rodwick believes in individualized medical management of each patient including education in the optimal personal management by the patient, along with collaboration with all others involved in the patient’s care, including family members, pharmacists, other specialists, and case managers. Dr. Rodwick also has developed a large base of transgendered patients, guiding their hormone therapy in conjunction with the psychological treatment and eventual surgery as patients transition to their new gender.



CONTACT:

Ged Kenslea Communications Director
AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Los Angeles, CA, USA
+1-323-791-5526 [mobile]
+1-323-308-1833 [work]
[email protected]
or
Michael Kahane
Bureau Chief, Southern Bureau
AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Ft Lauderdale, FL, USA
+1-786-863-9765 [mobile]
+1-954-522-3132[work]
[email protected]
or
Lori Yeghiayan
Associate Director of Communications
AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Los Angeles, CA, USA
+1-323-377-4312 [mobile]
+1-323-308-1834 [work]
[email protected]

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