Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic

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Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic
  • Pontiac, Michigan

The Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic[1] is a free clinic in Pontiac, Michigan, United States. It provides primary free medical health and dental services to low income uninsured and underinsured families. The Burnstein free clinic faces strong demand due to high unemployment in Michigan.[2]


Our Mission is to provide primary free medical health care and dental services to low income uninsured and underinsured families of our neighborhood community in a caring compassionate atmosphere regardless of race, religion, or creed.[3]


In 1997, doctor Gary Burnstein, a cardiologist, started caring for patients from Grace Centers of Hope, in Pontiac, Michigan. Dr. Burnstein died in September 2003. Another doctor, Michael Yerkey, took up the project of a free clinic.

Volunteers from the Kensington Community Church renovated a building into an operating medical clinic, dental clinic and pharmacy from January 2004 through October 2004. The clinic opened in October 2004. In 2005, a fire at the clinic forced the clinic to move temporarily to the Grace Centers of Hope church.

The clinic reopened in December 2005. The volunteer medical team sees about 150 - 200 patients and fills 300-400 prescriptions per month. The clinic has four examination rooms, one procedure room, two dental examination rooms with x-ray capabilities, and a pharmacy-laboratory.


All of the following services are provided free to all qualifying patients:

Patient requirements[edit]

  • Supply the clinic with most recent financial information (tax return, W-2, or 4506-T)
  • Supply the clinic with valid picture ID (drivers license, state ID, prison ID, or green card)
  • Be an Oakland County resident
  • Fall within the clinic's income guidelines
  • Be uninsured

Fund raising[edit]

The clinic receives no government, state or local funding. Therefore financial support is based solely on community donations, corporate and charitable grants, private donations, and public fund-raising events.


  • Golf outing
  • Esteemed Women of Michigan Luncheon.[4][5]
  • In the Eat of the Night.


  1. ^ Stolarz, Christina.(December 5, 2008) Detroit News. "Patients flood free health clinics"
  2. ^ Czarnik, Eric (November 9, 2009). "Clinics face growing need". C & G Newspapers. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  3. ^ Burnstein Community Health Clinic
  4. ^ Esteemed Women of Michigan Luncheon. "Esteemed Women of Michigan Luncheon"
  5. ^ WWJ AM. Esteemed Women of Michigan Luncheon

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°38′26″N 83°17′22″W / 42.640434°N 83.289408°W / 42.640434; -83.289408