Trillium Health was formed on January 1, 2010 as a result of the merger of AIDS Community Health Center and AIDS Rochester. Trillium Health was created so that its parent organizations could most effectively use their combined resources to prevent additional HIV infection and provide the best services possible for those already infected.
AIDS Rochester was established 26 years ago as part of the New York State Health Department’s network of Community Service Programs (CSPs). The organization started with one staff person and a one room office. By 2009, the agency had 50 staff members dedicated to providing a continuum of prevention and social services for people living with HIV and their loved ones.
AIDS Community Health Center, formerly known as Community Health Network, was founded in 1989, by two infectious disease physicians, Dr. Steven Scheibel and Dr. William Valenti, as a community medical and diagnostic clinic for those who were infected with HIV/AIDS. When the doors opened in 1989, 76 patients came to receive care. By 2009, the agency’s 60 staff members were serving more than 600 people.
The main offices of both organizations moved to one joint facility at 259 Monroe Avenue in October 2009 just weeks before the official merger. Trillium Health also maintains satellite locations in Bath, Geneva, and on Central Avenue in downtown Rochester.