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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.

Eligibility

McLaren Bay Region Free Clinic Eligibility

WELCOME TO THE HELEN M. NICKLESS VOLUNTEER CLINIC!

A team of Licensed professional Caregivers and other volunteers are donating their time tonight to provide your care.

Information You Need

The space used for our clinic is available to us ONLY on Wed. evenings starting at 4:00 P.M. All other times the area is home to the Family Health and Wellness Center (FHWC). The FHWC staff is unable to assist you, as they are not connected to the Volunteer Clinic. If you need assistance between visits please call the clinic line at (989) 895-4830. Leave a message and an employee will contact you within 3-4 days.

If you have an emergency medical problem please seek care at the Emergency Department at McLaren. Eligibility for Clinic

  • Your income must be under 250% of the National Poverty level. An intake volunteer will explain this process to you.
  • You must have no health care insurance or only catastrophic insurance.
  • If you qualify for the Michigan Medicaid Plan you will be requested to apply for it. One of our volunteers will assist you with this.
  • You will be asked to go through the intake and income process once a year. This is necessary to assure that your information is updated. However, we ask that you inform us whenever you have personal changes such as address, phone number, employment, etc.

Primary Care

Once you have been established as our patient, we will provide all your primary care. We ask that you do not continue to seek care from your previous primary providers as this creates the possibility of duplicate care. If this is a problem for you, please discuss it with us.

We appreciate your cooperation in these matters. Your health is important to us and we will work with you to help you connect with the health resources you need. Thank you for coming to the Helen M. Nickless Volunteer Clinic.

McLaren Central Michigan Free Clinic Eligibility

Who is eligible for services? 

  • Isabella County residents
    Patients will be asked to provide proof of Isabella County residency (driver's license or state-issued ID card) at time of registration. If an individual cannot provide proof of residency at time of registration, services will not be provided.
  • Low- or no-income residents who do not have and do not qualify for health insurance
  • Those who cannot afford medical care, whose income is at or below 225% of the Federal Poverty Guideline

Please note:  Each patient's financial status is reviewed. Patients may be asked to verify their income at a later date.  If individuals cannot verify their income at that time, they can no longer receive services at the Free Clinic

Who is not eligible for services?

  • Patients who live outside Isabella County
  • Those who are currently covered by commercial insurance or eligible for government health plans including county health plans, Medicaid, Medicare, or MIChild
  • Those who qualify for government health plans
  • Those with work-related injuries involving workers' compensation
  • Patients who refuse to provide proof of income upon the Clinic's request
** To prevent duplication of services in Isabella County, the McLaren Central Michigan Free Clinic does not perform or provide the following: dental or vision care; sexually transmitted disease counseling; 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; and second opinions. While the Clinic does not provide these services, staff is available to suggest possible alternatives.

McLaren Macomb Free Clinic Eligibility

Who we serve and how

In Macomb County, there are approximately 60,000 to 100,000 uninsured people. Approximately 11 percent are under the age 18. Almost 40,000 fall below the federally-designated poverty level, with one in fourteen children living in poverty. In addition, more than 4,000 people are homeless.

For both the working poor and the indigent, lack of transportation and inadequate health insurance present major barriers to accessing proper care. The high prevalence of health risk factors and chronic disease that plaque the county and state are magnified within this population due to a number of factors including the inability to afford medications and difficult living conditions.

As a result, the MOC provides medical care to the homeless, low income working uninsured, migrant workers, children, and the elderly. These patients are not charged for any service we provide.

When testing is needed, the patients are sent to Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center, where they are screened to make sure they meet the poverty guidelines and that they do not have health insurance. If they meet the guidelines (185 percent of poverty level), they are not charged for any testing that is performed.

If a serious health crisis is diagnosed, the MOC staff works with surgeons and other specialists, who often donate their services to help the patient.

Since 1995, nearly 15,000 patients have been helped by the MOC services. This averages to approximately 1700 patients per year. In that time, the hospital has given nearly $490,000 in free pharmaceuticals to these same   patients.

Costs, community involvement, and fundraising efforts

The following organizations continue to collaborate to keep the MOC "on the road."

  • Macomb County Health Department
  • Downriver Community Services
  • The Minority Health Initiative
  • Macomb Intermediate School District
  • Macomb Emergency Shelter Coalition

The Kiwanis Division III and the Macomb County Dental Society also have participated.

Beyond planning for service delivery, a key factor in keeping the MOC operational is cost. The Kiwanis' initial $25,000 pledge, along with the MCG Foundation's donation of more than $150,000 (resulting in the vehicle purchase), helped to begin the project.

In addition, the MCG Foundation committed to raise $500,000 to cover operation expenses for the first five years of service. Currently, the MOC operates with an annual budget of $185,000. Since 1995, major donors have included:

  • Bank One
  • Comerica
  • Community Central Bank Corp
  • Earl Beth Foundation
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Ford Motor Company Fund
  • Gebran & Suzanne P. Anton Foundation

The Medical Outreach Clinic is a truly a team project.

  • The family medicine residents, surgery residents, and orthopedic residents help to deliver services to those needing follow up care in the hospital's resident clinic.
  • McLaren Macomb generous donates many X-rays, CT scans, and lab work.
  • The office manager of MCG Multispecialties and the McLaren Macomb credit manager work closely with any MOC patient that requires surgery or extended care to find any funding available to cover the patients medical costs. If no funding is available, all services are donated.
  • The pharmacy director helps to advise on generic drugs, which cut pharmacy costs.
  • Judge Michael Schwartz, a hospital board member, set up a mammography fund for women under 40 needed mammography services to diagnose a problem.

McLaren Macomb is proud of its commitment to the community and honored to serve so many residents in times of need.