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San Francisco Clinic Plans Fundraiser to Avoid Closure

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Lyon-Martin Health Services, a San Francisco clinic that has been serving uninsured women and transgender people for more than 30 years, could close its doors as early as Thursday due to financial problems.

The clinic's board of directors voted Sunday to close the clinic on Thursday, but Dr. Dawn Harbatkin, the organization’s medical director and interim executive director, expects her staff will be given more time to develop a transition strategy.

Harbatkin said the clinic must raise $250,000 in the next month in order to remain operating, which is approximately half of its $500,000 debt,  reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

The clinic has since announced a fundraiser for Sunday, January 30 at the El Rio Theater in San Francisco. The event will include performances, DJs, and raffle prizes.

According to Lyon-Martin’s website, the clinic provided care to almost 2,500 patients in 2010.  Of these patients, 17 percent are homeless or marginally housed and 84 percent  live below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

Donations can be made online at www.lyon-martin.org.