In 1997, after working 20 years as a cardiologist, Dr. Gary Burnstein began providing care for patients at a homeless shelter in Pontiac, Michigan. Dr. Burnstein passed away in 2003, but friends, family, and community members honored his dream of providing care to the uninsured by establishing the Dr. Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic (GBCHC). Dr. Burnstein’s dream of providing free medical care for those in need began in a closet at the shelter, and grew into a small rented facility in Pontiac.
The Clinic has since moved into a brand new, state-of-the-art facility that allows us to treat more patients, train more physicians and pharmacists, and to reach the broader community in ways never before possible. With expanded office hours, a new dental suite, and the capacity for sustained community education programs, the GBCHC is positioned to have a larger impact on a very deserving community.
The Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic is a self funded 501(c)3 non-profit foundation. The clinic is funded by grants from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Michigan Department of Public Health and donations received from our fundraising events including the Esteemed Women of Michigan Event. We have received significant funding towards our capital campaign from the Farber Family Foundation, the Peterson Family Foundation, and the Van Gorp Family Foundation. During 2014, we raised more than $700,000 to pay for the completion of the new building. We also receive donations of supplies that minimize what we need to purchase on our own, including everything from pharmaceuticals and medical exam beds to paper towels and latex gloves.
Our annual budget remains lean thanks to our incredible corps of volunteer physicians, dentists, pharmacists, students, and administrators. With commitment, generosity, and ingenuity, the Dr. Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic provides nearly 3000 annual office visits and more than one million dollars worth of medication. Having moved into a larger facility, we are positioned to treat even more patients in the years to come, and we thank our community and donors for supporting us through this transition and into the future.