Whitman-Walker Health to Open State-of-the-Art Facility in New Building Coming to 1525 14th St., NW

by Prince Of Petworth January 8, 2013 at 1:30 pm 13 Comments

Last week we noted work had begun on the new office building coming to the vacant lot between the Great Wall Szechaun House and Posto.

Lots more info on the building from a press release:

Whitman-Walker Health will open a new, modern health care home at 1525 14th St., NW, in mid-2014 to meet the health care needs of our community. This state-of-the-art center will enable Whitman-Walker Health to further our leading role in the fight against HIV/AIDS, expand on our commitment to provide affirming, culturally-competent care to metro DC’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and better serve our neighbors in the 14th Street NW corridor.

“Whitman-Walker has nearly doubled our patient base over the past six years and we expect growth to continue as more residents access care through the new health reform law,” said Don Blanchon. “This new facility will enable WWH to meet the health care needs of our community and provide the highest quality care in a 21st Century health care home.”

When the move is complete, Whitman-Walker will have nearly 43,000 square feet of space for health care services, a larger pharmacy, a Travel Medicine clinic, Wellness programs and complementary therapies such as acupuncture. The plan is built around Whitman-Walker’s three core values: Community, Caring and Quality.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome! So glad they’re going to have a larger presence in the area!

  • Interesting. I wouldn’t be surprised if they then sell their place at 14th and R to be redeveloped. It’s the only space on that corner without a big condo building, after all.

  • Anonymous

    This is just wonderful news for the community.

  • Chip

    Hi, folks. This is Chip Lewis, Communications Director at WWH. I wanted to let you know that we plan to keep the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center at 14th and R Streets for the foreseeable future. It will house our administrative offices (every inch of the new space will be for health care services) and some patient services. We can’t wait to get into our new space!

    • ustgirl

      Great news! Thanks Chip!

      • Anonymous

        this is great news, chip! we’re huge supporters of WWH and its community health initiatives!

    • Noah

      Absolutely fantastic news. Chip – did you get a large grant for the project or was it funded through donations?

  • Great news! Is this the entire square footage of the new building? If not, is the remainder rented?

  • Anonymous

    Is this the same WWC that closed a bunch of clinics and was dangerously close to running out of money a few years ago? Where is all the money coming from to make this big step?

  • Rich

    They’ve been a mess from the beginning, interms of organization and professional management and the move toward being a “health clinic” alienated a ;lot of their original base. I could easily see this as overreach that comes back to sting them.

    • Anonymous

      @Rich Have more faith man. I recently visited WWH and it was packed. They are providing services to our community that are greatly needed by so many DC residents. Kudos to the clinic for doing good work.

  • ZZinDC

    This is excellent news. I am not only a WWH supporter but a patient – quite a few years ago I decided to choose my primary care doc there, and have had great success with that. In that time the Elizabeth Taylor building has gone through various reconfigurations but is clearly filled to capacity. This will be a welcome change for me personally as well as for the community overall. Good choice!


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