Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Lyon-Martin to accept new patients Sept. 1

Lyon-Martin Health Services, the San Francisco-based clinic serving women and transgender people that’s been struggling to stay alive, will begin accepting new patients again Thursday, September 1.

The announcement came in a statement today (Thursday, August 25) in which clinic officials said their agency has stabilized enough to take in new patients.

“Through all the challenges that Lyon-Martin has faced over this year we have continued to offer our exceptional model of care to our current 2500 patients,” interim Executive Director Dr. Dawn Harbatkin (seen at left) stated. “Now that we have reached a greater level of stability we can open enrollment to the many other women and transgender people who need the kind of competent and compassionate healthcare that we offer.”

In late January, Lyon-Martin’s board made the surprise announcement that the clinic was more than $500,000 in debt and would close in days. Supporters quickly rallied to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep the nonprofit open. It’s not clear whether the clinic will be able to remain open indefinitely.

Clinic officials have talked about changing the payer mix, noting that many patients are uninsured, which makes it harder for Lyon-Martin to bring in the income it needs. Lyon-Martin’s leaders haven’t yet announced what criteria for new patients will be.

The Bay Area Reporter will have more Lyon-Martin coverage in the September 1 issue.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, August 25, 2011 @ 11:46 am PST
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