CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY | AIDS Arms Executive Director Raeline Nobles, left, and IT Manager Cory Claflin look at the blueprints as they inspect the finish-out work at the new Oak Cliff clinic on Sunset Street. (David Taffet/Dallas Voice)

AIDS Arms begins staffing new clinic and plans September opening

DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer

City inspectors gave the new AIDS Arms clinic in Oak Cliff its certificate of occupancy on Friday, Aug. 5, according to Executive Director Raeline Nobles. The first patients will be seen on Sept. 19.

The clinic staff will begin training on the medical records computer system next week.

Nobles said that the only construction that needs to be completed is in the pharmacy area, but that will be open by Sept. 19 as well.

Work crews are feverishly finishing installation of fixtures throughout the renovated facility, she said.

The clinic on Sunset Street in Oak Cliff is 15,000 square feet, three times the size of the Peabody Clinic in South Dallas.

Nobles said that the clinic is for anyone with HIV, whether they have insurance or not.

The pharmacy, with a separate entrance to the street from the clinic entrance, will be open to fill all prescriptions, not just those for AIDS Arms clients.

In addition to medical services, other AIDS service organizations will have space at the clinic to provide services to clients in one location.

While most of the money needed to complete the clinic has been raised, Nobles said that a small amount is still needed to pay off construction costs so fundraising for the project continues.