Dr. Beth Lake, a neurologist who volunteers at Specialty Care Free Clinic, examines patient Aquilina Cruz, with assistance from interpreter Alejandra Sochan. The clinic, which moved this year to Madison's South Side from a smaller space in Middleton, provides free specialty medical care to people without insurance.

New home, same mission: Specialty clinic provides free care to the uninsured

By David Wahlberg, Wisconsin State Journal

For more than 20 years, brain specialists, eye specialists, skin specialists and other specialty care doctors have been treating uninsured patients for free in a cramped basement space in Middleton.

Now, what used to be called the Benevolent Specialists Project Free Clinic has a new name and a new location. Renamed Specialty Care Free Clinic, it moved this year to Emil Street, off Fish Hatchery Road near the Beltline on Madison’s South Side.

“We’re better off to be central,” said Dr. Tim Docter, medical director of the clinic, which now has 2,700 square feet of above-ground space with windows, compared to 1,800 square feet underground before.

As for the name change, the previous moniker, abbreviated as BSP, was confusing to many people. “Nobody knew what Benevolent Specialists Project meant,” Docter said. “It didn’t say what we do.”

The mission remains the same: to help uninsured people get free medical care from specialists, which can be hard to find. Read more …