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Helen M. Nickless Volunteer Clinic Now Accepts Patients from All Michigan Counties
The Helen M. Nickless Volunteer Clinic is a free medical clinic, located at 1460 W. Center Rd. (M-25) at Pine, Suite #1, Medical Mall #1, Essexville, MI.

Free Clinic

McLaren recognizes the need for quality health care, no matter a person’s financial status. It is because of our dedication to people, that our free clinics offer quality health care services to the uninsured and medically underserved in our communities.

For those who qualify, McLaren free clinics offer vaccinations, check-ups, and other wellness services for adults and their children.

Helen M. Nickless Volunteer Clinic

About the Clinic

The Volunteer Clinic has been providing care to the uninsured at no cost since March 2004.  We serve those who are unable to afford medical care. Patients are seen every Wednesday evening and must sign in between 4:00 pm-6:30 pm. There are no appointments. Treatment is provided by local licensed physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and mental health counselors who volunteer their time, as well as nurses and non clinical staff. Community volunteers assist every Wednesday night in the clinic and the pharmacy.

Services include exams, lab, x-ray, medical supplies and prescribed drugs. On clinic nights we also assist patients in signing up for insurance.

The clinic will provide limited diagnostic and treatment services for individuals who do not have health insurance and are unable to pay for health care.

Please note: At times, the patient volume is high. Know that the Clinic staff will stay and see all qualified patients who have signed in that evening.

Services offered:

The Helen M. Nickless Volunteer Clinic offers free primary medical care, including lab and X-ray, to patients of all ages. We will assist patients in obtaining medication prescribed through the clinic.

Who is eligible to use the Clinic’s free services:

  • People who do not have and do not qualify for health insurance.
  • Those who cannot afford medical care with income less than 250% of the Federal Poverty Guideline.
  • (Please note: Each patient’s financial status is reviewed. You will be asked to verify your income within 3 weeks of the first visit. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the practice.)

Who is not eligible to use the Clinic’s services:

  • Those who are covered by commercial insurance or eligible for Government Health Plans including County health plans, Medicaid, Medicare or Mi Child.
  • Those who qualify for Veteran’s medical.
  • Individuals who are intoxicated and/or abusive.
  • Those with work-related injuries involving workers’ compensation.
  • Patients who refuse to apply for government insurance or provide proof of income upon the Clinic's request.

We are sorry, but the Clinic is unable to perform or provide the following:

  • Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing
  • HIV Testing or Counseling
  • Birth Control Services
  • Pregnancy Testing
  • Pre-or-Postnatal care
  • Drug Testing
  • Routine Immunizations
  • TB Skin Testing
  • Hearing Aids
  • Controlled Drugs/Narcotics
  • Substance Abuse Services
  • Second opinions

While the Volunteer Clinic is unable to provide these services, someone is available to assist in referrals for these services.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Question: Do I need an appointment?
Answer: No. this is a walk-in clinic; patients are asked to take a number upon entering the Clinic. The Clinic space is not available to us until 4 p.m. so patients may not enter the building before 4:00 p.m.

Question: What do I need to bring to my first visit?
Answer: Please bring a list of current medications, plus any other pertinent medical information. Those under 18 years of age will need parental permission to be treated.

Question: Will this cost me anything?
Answer: No. All care provided in the clinic is free to those who meet the eligibility requirements as listed.

Question: What if I need follow-up care?
Answer: The Volunteer Clinic provides ongoing primary care. Limited specialty referrals may be available. Howe

THE MISSION OF THE HELEN M. NICKLESS VOLUNTEER CLINIC

The Helen M. Nickless Volunteer Clinic is an access point for meeting the primary health care needs of the economically disadvantaged residents in the Bay area. We serve with deep compassion and respect those who fall through the medical safety net and help them connect with basic health resources by offering education, prevention, and treatment.

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