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Executive Summary

AmeriCares Free Clinics mission is to provide high-quality health care to Connecticut’s low-income, uninsured residents while protecting each patient’s sense of dignity and self-respect. 

Our clinics provide 3,000 children and adults each year with more than $6 million worth of medical care. We care for patients with diabetes, hypertension, asthma and other chronic conditions, and as well as provide treatment for minor injuries and sudden illnesses like the flu. Without our services, many of our patients would rely on emergency rooms for primary care services, or worse, delay care until they have a medical emergency.

Our clinics are staffed by volunteer doctors, nurses, interpreters and administrative help, and draw on the resources of community hospitals, laboratories, specialists and pharmacies to ensure comprehensive care that’s not always accessible to the uninsured. Patients receive essential prescription medications at little or no charge through Patient Assistance Programs, donations and our relationships with local pharmacies. Since our program began, more than 22,000 patients have received more than $50 million worth of care through the AmeriCares Free Clinics.

Bob Macauley AmeriCares Free Clinic of Norwalk

AmeriCares opened its first free clinic in Norwalk on November 1, 1994. Today, nearly 1,000 residents of Norwalk and surrounding towns rely on the clinic as their primary source of medical care. In addition to general medical and pediatric clinic sessions, the Norwalk Clinic offers continuity care sessions for patients with chronic illnesses. On-site specialty clinics include ophthalmology, pulmonology, orthopedics, endocrinology and a Well Women’s Clinic. A full range of laboratory services is provided by Quest Diagnostics, with Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk Radiology Consultants and Norwalk Pathology Associates providing radiology and diagnostic testing at no cost to the patient. 

The clinic was renamed in honor of AmeriCares founder Bob Macauley in 2011. Through Bob’s leadership the clinic program, once his dream, became a reality.

Boehringer Ingelheim AmeriCares Free Clinic of Danbury

Since opening on January 15, 1997, the Danbury clinic has become our busiest location with 1,300 active patients making more than 4,000 patient visits annually. On-site specialty care includes endocrinology, ophthalmology and physiatry.  Through strong relationships with Western CT Health Network, Western CT Medical Group and community-based specialists, a wide range of laboratory, diagnostic and consultative services are available at no cost to the patient.

The clinic was renamed the Boehringer Ingelheim AmeriCares Free Clinic upon moving to the current location in May 2009.  Boehringer Ingelheim not only provided funding for the new construction but has been generously supporting the clinic since 2002.

Weisman AmeriCares Free Clinic of Bridgeport

AmeriCares Free Clinics began serving the Bridgeport community in July 2003, treating patients aboard a mobile medical clinic.  In September 2007, the Bridgeport clinic moved into a permanent site in the city’s Wheeler Community Center. Through collaborative partnerships with Bridgeport Hospital, Saint Vincent’s Medical Center, Advanced Radiology Consultants and Quest Diagnostics, the clinic serves more than 600 Bridgeport area residents. On-site specialty clinics include orthopedics, ophthalmology, endocrinology and rheumatology.

The Bridgeport clinic was named in honor of long-time supporter Fred Weisman, filling a critical need in Connecticut’s largest city.

AmeriCares Free Clinic of Stamford

Opening on January 7, 2014, the Stamford clinic is treating patients aboard a mobile medical clinic.  Our newest clinic will follow the model of the three existing AmeriCares Free Clinics.

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