Now Serving ALL of San Francisco & San Mateo Counties
Help us spread the word! Clinic by the Bay is now serving working uninsured adults in all of San Francisco and San Mateo Counties.
“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act and California opting into expanded MediCal, we now have room for more patients,” explains Executive Director Eliza Gibson. “We’re excited to welcome more of our working uninsured neighbors into our caring medical home.”
To schedule an appointment at our clinic, call 415-405-0222.
$160K Tenant Improvement Project is Now Complete
Thank you to all of our donors who provided generous capital support to complete our tenant improvement project. This project began nearly one and a half years ago in partnership with our pro bono architecture firm, John Lum Architecture. Plans were drawn and permits pulled to upgrade our facility to meet OSHPD-3 standards, a requirement to apply for state licensure.
After a year of capital fundraising, we broke ground in May 2014. Less than two months later, all construction is complete – we have successfully upgraded plumbing, electrical wiring, HVAC, have a second ADA bathroom, a centralized fire alarm and a new kitchenette! Georgiou Construction has generously donated 10% of their proceeds back to our clinic.
Now we are busy preparing our application for state licensure.Once licensed, we will expand our medical visit hours and capacity beyond 19 hours per week, be eligible for new funding, as well as Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) malpractice coverage – free federal immunity for our clinic and all our volunteer physicians. Our plan continues to be to grow incrementally, offering medical visits four to six days per week, to meet the needs of our working uninsured neighbors.
The Calabrese Family's Story: "They take their time with you to serve your needs."
Fortunato Calabrese emigrated from Southern Italy to San Francisco in 1968 when he was in his forties. He previously worked as a carpenter and in sales before retiring due to health issues. Both Fortunato and his son, Francesco, are Clinic by the Bay patients. The family is known by staff and volunteers for their generous gifts of homemade biscotti.
They first heard about Clinic by the Bay during our free flu shot clinic last year, when they met our Americorps*VISTA volunteer Jennifer Miller, who encouraged them to return to the clinic for an eligibility consultation.
Before coming to Clinic by the Bay for his first medical visit, Fortunato had not seen a doctor for nearly four years. Since then, the comprehensive care he has received at our clinic has included pro bono lab work and specialty care (e.g., cardiology, renal care) to help manage his multiple chronic conditions.
Fortunato is most appreciative of the caring medical home that Clinic by the Bay provides. “The staff and the volunteers here are very friendly. You are not pushed through like cattle. At Clinic by the Bay, they take their time with you to serve your needs. It’s a very clean and calm environment,” he said.
His wife, Maria, who accompanies him to every appointment, quickly added, “They are our family doctors. We know them and they know us. They know how to treat us.”
Melissa Wheeler, RPh: “Clinic by the Bay is doing really good work for the community.”
Volunteer Melissa Wheeler, an Ohio native, moved to San Francisco in 2001. She worked for the DEA as a forensic chemist for three and a half years before deciding to pursue a pharmacy career and beginning her studies at UCSF in 2008.
With a graduate degree in hand, Melissa came upon Clinic by the Bay while searching for volunteer opportunities online. She began volunteering at our clinic in February 2014, as often as three days per week. “Volunteering has always been something that is important to me,” she said. “I am lucky I found Clinic by the Bay.”
As a phamacist, Melissa has been overseeing our prescription assistance program. She especially enjoys opportunities to speak one-on-one with patients and assisting the prescription assistance volunteers.
Reflecting back on her most memorable experience at our clinic, Melissa recalls when she once explained to an asthma patient the difference between the two inhalers he had been prescribed. The patient did not initially understand that he should use both inhalers, and he stopped using one because he thought it did not work. “It was an interesting intervention because healthcare providers will tell their patients to use these products and follow the instructions, but if the patient doesn't understand why, then there is a possibility that they will not use it,” explained Melissa.
Melissa continues to volunteer at our clinic, focused on a cholesterol treatment evaluation project while she participates in a hospital residency program in San Jose. “Clinic by the Bay is doing really good work for the community. If we provide people with high quality healthcare, then less serious issues can be avoided down the line, and it is beneficial for everybody."
To learn more about volunteering at Clinic by the Bay, go to our Volunteer page.
Thank you to all of our supporters!
Clinic by the Bay is a locally funded effort to meet the needs of our friends and neighbors who do not have regular access to medical care. Clinic programs and services are made possible in part by: Amgen Foundation, The Bothin Foundation, Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation, Cal Insurance & Associates, The California Wellness Foundation, Clif Bar Family Foundation, The S.H. Cowell Foundation, CVS Caremark, Delta Dental Community Care Foundation, William G. Gilmore Foundation, Give Something Back Office Supplies, Kaiser Permanente, Malcolm Drilling Company, Inc., McKesson Foundation, Metta Fund, The Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation, Patterson Foundation, Pfizer, Inc., Recology Sunset Scavenger, The Safeway Foundation, Sam Mazza Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation, Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community, The Turek Clinic, Vesper Society, Walgreens Foundation, The Del E. Webb Foundation