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 remainder of our clinic is powered by an amazing corps of volunteer professionals.
I came to the Burnstein Clinic for my COVID-19 booster shot because I trust them, I know they care about me. I lost a member of my family so I’m trying to get everyone to come here to get their vaccination.
I lost my job before I was able to retire, and found myself without health benefits. I was amazed at how nice the Burnstein Clinic is – it’s no different than the care I got when I had insurance. It’s important for people to know the Clinic isn’t a last stop. It’s also for people like me who are temporarily without insurance.
I tried to get dentures for five years but without insurance and being on a fixed income, no one would help me. Finally in September a dentist told me about the Burnstein Clinic, and I had a healthy mouth and my new set of teeth by Christmas! I gained new respect for the planet that even in all the negative things going on in the world, someone still cared about me.
My doctor at the Burnstein Clinic wanted me to get a mammogram. I didn’t want to, but after the doctor called again, I decided to do it. They told me I had breast cancer but it was caught in time and I’m going to be okay. Thank you for your care, I love and appreciate everyone at the Burnstein Clinic!