The Lansing Area AIDS Network
913 West Holmes, Suite 115, Lansing, MI 48910
(517) 394-3560

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History of LAAN

 

It was in 1983 that the first case of AIDS diagnosed in Ingham County was reported at Lansing General Hospital. While Lansing General’s staff had discussed the disease after reading about it in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, they found themselves unprepared for the first actual case. As no one in the area had any experiences treating AIDS, staff had to call other facilities around the country to get information on treatment for the opportunistic infections afflicting those first patients. Lansing General’s Infection Control Coordinator, Suellen Hozman, R.N., began educating the staff of the hospital. She was in frequent contact with both of the first two AIDS patients and was especially close to the first of them and began advocating on his behalf. Suellen began educating hospital staff and initiated outreach work with local civic groups and area social and medical service facilities. These were the first AIDS education programs in the county. Suellen saw from her relationship with those first two patients the need to provide emotional support and education on this new disease.

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