Peninsula Free Health Clinic has new volunteer



BLUE HILL — The two founding physicians of the Peninsula Free Health Clinic in Blue Hill have announced their retirement from medical practice and from the Peninsula Free Health Clinic Board.

Drs. Jane Garfield and Robert Walker guided the clinic from its founding in 2013 until December 2017.

The Board of Directors for the clinic expressed appreciation to these dedicated physicians for their years of volunteer service providing clinical health care to the area’s population of medically uninsured people.

The clinic is currently able to remain open on a limited basis, with Dr. Michelle Perkins providing clinical care. Current updates and hours open can be obtained on the clinic website at peninsulafreehealth.net, on Facebook or by calling 374-5585 or 266-5009.

The board is dedicated to continuing to provide this essential free medical care to underserved residents in the area, and is seeking additional practicing physicians, doctors of osteopathy and family nurse practitioners who can help to staff the clinic on a volunteer basis for three or more hours a month.

The Peninsula Free Health Clinic has been open Monday afternoons from 3 to 6.

The board is open to adjusting the hours of operation to accommodate the schedules of providers interested in volunteering.

The Peninsula Free Health Clinic also has a dedicated staff of non-medical intake and administrative volunteers as well as nursing support.

The clinic is working to strengthen its relationship with Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, which provides reduced rates for imaging and laboratory work for clinic patients.

The clinic also is looking for additional board members, especially medical professionals, who would like to contribute to the organization, management and funding of the clinic. New ideas and expertise are welcome.

The Peninsula Free Health clinic has a strong history of funding via grants and donations. All staff members are volunteers, so donations apply to rent, insurance, utilities and office expenses only.