State’s leading AIDS organizations to merge

New group expects to serve 4,000 patients statewide
State’s leading AIDS organizations to merge

The state’s two leading organizations in the fight against AIDS are combining resources.

The AIDS Network, based in Madison, and the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW), based in Milwaukee, announced their plans Thursday morning.

The merger will take place effective Feb. 1, 2015.

Leaders of both groups said the merger should help provide better care for patients statewide.

“Wisconsin has always been a national leader in the fight against AIDS. Our merger will enhance this leadership position,” said Michael Gifford, ARCW President and chief executive officer. “By combining the best of our two organizations, we will enhance services, improve clinical outcomes, and generate new financial resources, all of which are critical as we continue on our quest for a world without AIDS.”

AIDS Network said it has been studying the possibility of a merger for the past 9 months.

“The merger assures the continuity of all the services we provide, the

opportunity to enhance our programs and the continuation of our hallmark events like the Wisconsin AIDS Ride, the Red Ribbon Affair and Camp Bingo,” said AIDS Network Executive Director Dan Guinn.  Guinn will serve as ARCW vice president of compliance & general counsel after the merger is complete.

The merger will cause ARCW to close its Madison office and move into the current AIDS Network office in Madison. The combined group will continue to provide services from the AIDS Network Beloit office. Following the merger, ARCW will provide statewide services through its facilities in Appleton, Beloit, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Kenosha, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Superior and Wausau.

The combined group expects to annually provide services to 4,000 people with HIV throughout the state.