The clinic originally operated under the auspices of the Lee County Health Department. In October 1997, the health department closed the clinic and referred all clients to a local provider.
Clients wanted to explore a way to keep “their clinic” open and a public meeting was held on January 6, 1998, with the local health department and state officials.
Over 300 people, including clinic clients, friends, families, and the community at large, were in attendance to request an opportunity to search for the needed funding to maintain the clinic. This historical event produced the HIV/AIDS Patient Empowerment Coalition (HAPEC), created to develop a strategic plan. The coalition was comprised of clients from caregivers throughout the state; members of the business, medical and university communities; and a strong representation of community advocates.
The strategic plan was developed over several months and approved in October of 1998. News of the clinic’s plan spread quickly and as HIV/AIDS clinics throughout the country were finding themselves in similar financial situations, they requested The McGregor Clinic Plan as a blueprint for keeping their doors open.
The McGregor Clinic became a 501 c3 non-profit entity and officially opened its doors with 100 clients accessing medical care and lab services.
The Clinic’s vision statement was “giving voice to patient choice” and to that end, McGregor Clinic has expanded services to include medical care, case management, social services, a food pantry, and a clothes closet. They also provide community education and outreach, including HIV testing via a mobile unit as well as onsite testing in its Community Education Center.
The McGregor Clinic now serves over 1,100 clients as well as the community at large and the staff and Board of Directors reflect the diversity of the population it serves.