Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Donations sought to help Student Run Free Clinic rebound from fire

The leadership of a free clinic in Pinckney run by U-M Medical School students is seeking donations to help rebuild after a Feb. 18 destroyed its building.

The building, which housed Faith Medical Clinic and the U-M Student Run Free Clinic (U-M SRFC), was determined to be a total loss, along with its equipment, furniture and all of the donated medical supplies.

The two clinics are the only safety-net clinics in Livingston County offering free medical care exclusively to uninsured patients. While the fire was devastating, Faith and the U-M SRFC are determined to remain partners in continued efforts to help those in need.

U-M SRFC is a student organization founded in 2010 that is dedicated to providing the highest quality of health care free of charge to uninsured individuals, while creating opportunities for U-M students and physicians to confront health disparities through direct action.

With the support of the Medical School administration, U-M SRFC Medical Director Dr. Hari Conjeevaram and physician volunteers, the clinic opened its doors in April 2012. It operates on Saturdays from 1:30-5:30 p.m. and is staffed by U-M medical students and physicians.

The U-M SRFC remains 100 percent committed to Faith Medical Clinic's effort to rebuild and looks forward to working together to serve the community. Faith and the U-M SRFC are looking to secure a new location as soon as possible.

Persons interested in donating should make checks payable to the "University of Michigan," and include a reference to the "UMMS Student Run Free Clinic" in the memo section. Checks can be mailed to: University of Michigan Development Office, 1000 Oakbrook Drive, Ste. 100, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-6815.

Donors also may give to the clinic online at www.giving.umich.edu/give/med-msfc. For more information or questions, please email directors.umsrfc@umich.edu.