FAQ

AIDS Network – AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin Merger

FAQ

Why are AIDS Network and ARCW merging?

Our organizations are merging to enhance access to HIV services, improve clinical outcomes for patients and clients, increase financial resources, enhance community involvement in the fight against AIDS and to champion the best practices of both organizations throughout Wisconsin.

 

How has the decision to merge been reached?

The Boards of Directors of AIDS Network and ARCW and the two executive leaders of the respective organizations have been in discussions about enhanced partnerships and the potential of a merger at several different times throughout the past, and in a more systematic and concentrated way since March, 2014. 

In spring 2014, both Boards appointed members of a Joint Committee that has met 10 times in person and numerous other times over the telephone to comprehensively discuss the benefits and challenges of merger.  The organizations, with financial assistance from AIDS United, engaged Mary Stelletello of Visa Global to assist in the structured discussions. The organizations also commissioned a due diligence report that was completed by an independent third party.

After much consideration, both Boards of Directors have voted in favor of merger.

 

So who are you now, AIDS Network, ARCW or some new name?

The merged organization will operate as the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin combining the staff, programs, volunteers, events, offices and abilities of each organization into a stronger, statewide organization.

 

How will the new organization be governed and managed?

Leaders from AIDS Network will have significant leadership roles in the merged organization:

  • Six members of the Board will reside in Madison and southern Wisconsin including four members of the AIDS Network Board of Directors who will join the ARCW Board upon merger.
  • Current AIDS Network Board members will assume Board officer and Committee chairperson positions on the ARCW Board of Directors.
  • ARCW President and CEO Mike Gifford will remain in that role.
  • AIDS Network Executive Director, Dan Guinn, will serve as ARCW Vice President & General Counsel
  • AIDS Network senior managers will be integrated into leadership roles within the merged organization.
  • All AIDS Network employees will be provided employment opportunities with the merged organization.
  • All AIDS Network programs will continue uninterrupted.

 

What will the merger mean for patients and clients?

Ultimately, the goal of the merger is to enhance services throughout Wisconsin by deploying best practices of both organizations in communities across the state.

Patients and clients currently receiving services from ARCW and AIDS Network will not experience any disruption due to the merger

In 2015, ARCW will begin to expand its Medical Home in Madison with increased access to pharmacy, medical and mental health services for HIV patients in the Dane County area.

ARCW will work closely with other partners, clinics and hospitals in southern Wisconsin and the rest of the state to ensure quality services.

 

What does the merger mean for people accessing HIV prevention and testing services?

Ultimately, the goal of the merger is to enhance services throughout Wisconsin by deploying best practices of both organizations in communities across the state.

As the fight against the HIV epidemic continues to change, this new organization will be well-positioned to evolve and ensure a comprehensive response to AIDS is maintained.

HIV prevention and testing services of both organizations will continue, uninterrupted.

 

Where will I be able to get the services I have been receiving from AIDS Network or ARCW?

Following the merger, ARCW in Madison will be located in the current AIDS Network office in downtown Madison. ARCW will also keep the current AIDS Network office in Beloit open as well.

As they have always been able to do, patients and clients will be able to receive direct services from offices in Appleton, Beloit, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Kenosha, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Superior and Wausau.

Prevention and testing services for people at risk for HIV, hepatitis C or other STIs delivered outside of physical office locations will continue uninterrupted as well.

 

How will the merger affect people who work at AIDS Network and ARCW?

All employees of both AIDS Network and ARCW will have the opportunity to continue employment with the merged organization.  While some jobs will likely change, the overwhelming majority of ARCW and AIDS Network staff will remain in their current roles.

Minimizing the impact on the day to day operations and staff is a key component to the success of the merger. While there will be some changes for everyone who works for either organization, many, if not all, of these changes will be for the better as the two organizations become one larger, stronger and more effective organization together.

If at any time employees have questions about the merger, they should contact their supervisors, or their department’s vice president.

 

Will I still be able to participate in the Wisconsin AIDS Ride, AIDS Walk Wisconsin and other fundraising events and opportunities?

Yes. Wisconsin AIDS Ride - ACT 13 will be July 30 through August 2, 2015.  This event will remain based in Madison and provide another great experience to raise awareness and funding for the fight against AIDS.  Sign up now at www.actride.org

Other events like AIDS Walk Wisconsin, Camp Bingo, and the Red Ribbon Affair and Make A Promise Galas will continue.

 

I have been a donor to AIDS Network. Will my contribution support HIV services in Madison and southern Wisconsin?

Yes. Funds raised by ARCW will support new and continuing services in southern Wisconsin and throughout the state.

 

Will the merger mean that there is a duplication of services among organizations that serve people with HIV?

Not at all. Following the merger, ARCW will engage all organizations interested in developing a community-wide, collaborative approach to ensuring people with HIV have all the health care and social services they need. A guiding principle of this engagement will be ensuring that these services are available to HIV patients from an organization they are comfortable with – regardless of whether that is a community based clinic, health system or private physician.

By having a single, statewide AIDS Service Organization (ASO), people supporting and investing in the fight against AIDS can be sure there is less duplication of overhead and administrative costs, further ensuring more of their donations or investment is going into HIV prevention, care and treatment.

 

AIDS Network and ARCW have historically offered different service delivery models to their patients and clients. Will that change?

Recently, AIDS Network expanded its services to include dental care and behavioral health, in addition to its renowned social services and prevention programs. Current plans following the merger call for these services to remain and expand to include medical care and pharmacy services. These services will be integrated into the service delivery model AIDS Network has provided to ensure patients can access as many services as they would like from a single organization.

 

I have been a donor and have some additional questions about my donations. Who should I call?

If you have been donating to ARCW, please call Dan Mueller at 414-225-1580; if you have been donating to AIDS Network, please call Dan Curd at 608-316-8601.

 

I am a member of the media and have some additional questions about the merger. Who should I call?

Call Bill Keeton at 414-225-1572 (o) or 414-313-2036 (c).

 

I would like to reach the executive leadership of either AIDS Network or ARCW. Who should I call?

You may call ARCW President and CEO Mike Gifford at 414-225-1547 or AIDS Network Executive Director Dan Guinn at 608-316-8602.

 

View the Merger webpage.

Download a PDF of the Merger press release.

Letter to Patients and Clients

Message to Donors

Access Merger Media Coverage