[Shaw Media file photo]
According to information provided by the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic, the clinic:
• Provides free medical and dental care to adults who have no health insurance or medical care entitlements and meet prescribed income guidelines.
• Is staffed physicians, dentists and other professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to the clinic.
• Is funded by the United Ways of Will and Grundy counties and four partner hospitals (AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Morris Hospital, Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet and Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox) local businesses and individuals. The partner hospitals provide millions of dollars of contributed services in the form of surgical suites, diagnostic testing and lab work.
• Holds three fundraising events and conducts two fund drives each year.
• Is the only totally free clinic in the two-county area for those who have no insurance and limited financial resources.
• Has eligibility requirements individuals who want to become patients must meet. For individuals that require specialty care, the clinic must be able to obtain referrals from dentists and physicians who will volunteer their services.
(Above, Dr. Theodore Kanellakes, a leader in the Joliet medical community and one of the founders of Will-Grundy Medical Clinic in 1988, died in January).