Grand Ledge Doctors Offer Free Health Care

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email
For 23 years running, doctors in Grand Ledge have offered free health care.

doctor is measuring the pulse of her patient

It's not the most pleasant visit, getting a tooth pulled, but the patients in the office of Doctor Dennis Sullivan, couldn't be happier to be here.

"I heard about it through the local Grand Ledge Independent," Patient Erin Hunt said.

Call it a health fair of sorts. Doctor Sullivan, among others, offered free services for a half a day Friday to those who so desperately need it.

"I think it's great, my husband used to have good health insurance, but he's been laid off for three years," Hunt said. "It's a good opportunity for things to get done."

Hunt is hoping to get some cavities filled, another woman, in pain since December, got a tooth removed.

"There's a tremendous need in our community, all communities really," Dr. Sullivan said. "A lot of people fall between the cracks and don't have any dental insurance."

Dr. Bill Brooks will be offering similar services Saturday morning.

"A lot of people do it Friday," Dr. Brooks said, "We've always done it Saturday morning."

Doctor Brooks started it all. Twenty-three years ago he decided to offer free service for a half a day to the community on his own, but the response was so great, he asked his friends to join him.

"Two years ago, it was zero degrees out and they were lined up and down River street," he said.

Now a group of chiropractors, dentists, optometrists and physicians are on board and for two days in February every year, a lot of people get the help they need.

Most doctors offer their services on a first come, first served basis, so they do have to turn people away, which they hate to do.

If other doctors, especially physicians, would like to join in next year, Dr. Brooks says give him a call: 517-627-4027

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