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Dr Chumbley answers the call for free clinic seeking volunteers

The BSP Free Clinic welcomed Society CEO Bud Chumbley, MD, who spent time Wednesday seeing patients alongside longtime volunteer Kathy Wherle, RN. Wisconsin Medical Society CEO, Bud Chumbley, MD, returned to the exam room yesterday when he spent the day seeing patients at the Benevolent Specialist Project (BSP) Free Clinic in Middleton.

BSP Free Clinic is a specialty medical clinic that provides medical care to low-income patients without insurance at no cost. Believed to be the only free clinic in Wisconsin dedicated to providing only specialty care, BSP Free Clinic provides consultation services related to allergy/pulmonology, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, ENT, gastroenterology, gynecology, internal medicine, nephrology, neurology, ophthalmology, orthopedic, physical therapy, podiatry, psychiatry, rheumatology, general surgery and more.

With approximately 40 volunteer physicians plus volunteer nurses, physical therapists, podiatrists and interpreters, BSP Free Clinic sees about 1,000 patients per year. Patients without insurance are referred to the clinic by primary care providers.

“It was really enjoyable to be in the clinic—especially knowing that I was helping some of our most vulnerable patients,” said Dr. Chumbley, an OB/GYN who plans to volunteer at the clinic twice a month. “I’m looking forward to going back.”

For 16 years the Dean Foundation supplied the clinic’s funding, but with the acquisition of Dean Clinic by SSM Health—which didn’t include the Foundation—BSP Free Clinic has transitioned to a stand-alone nonprofit. In addition to seeking funds to continue operations, the clinic also needs physician volunteers, particularly in the areas of urology, gastroenterology and endocrinology, as well as Spanish interpreters.

The Society and the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation are supportive of the invaluable service provided by BSP Free Clinic for a vulnerable population and the Foundation is working with the clinic board of directors toward assisting with both financial and volunteer needs while also investigating access to specialty care in other regions of the state.

Physicians interested in serving as a volunteer can email Foundation Executive Director Eileen Wilson or contact clinic manager Tricia Levenhagen at 608.827.2325 for more information.

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