When Fred Horwitz, MD, sold his private medical practice in 2006, he wasn’t ready to stop helping others. So, he became a volunteer physician at Aurora Walker’s Point Community Clinic, which has been caring for people who are low-income, immigrants, refugees and underserved in the Milwaukee community for more than 25 years.
“I can’t imagine a better place to be,” shared Dr. Horwitz. “The patients are wonderful. The staff is second to none. They’re incredibly dedicated and passionate people who love taking care of their patients.”
Dr. Horwitz is an ear, nose and throat specialist. When he started volunteering at the clinic, he had to secure much of his own equipment. Fortunately, he had many connections in the community.
“I appealed to colleagues, friends and organizations that donated funds and equipment. Now we’re very well equipped.”
Prior to the pandemic, Dr. Horwitz saw patients at the clinic two or three mornings each week. During the pandemic, he gave webinars for the clinic’s staff. Recently, he was able to return to in-person patient visits and now comes in twice a month.
“I wish I could do more. It’s a godsend for me, to be honest,” he said.
In addition to giving his own time, Dr. Horwitz has been instrumental in recruiting other doctors to volunteer at the clinic.
“We have about a dozen volunteer physicians with different backgrounds and specialties. Everyone I’ve recruited loves it here.”
This October marks Dr. Horwitz’s 15th anniversary of volunteering at Aurora Walker’s Point.
“I’ve loved every minute of it. Being part of the Walker’s Point Community Clinic has been one of the great joys of my professional career,” he shared. “I’m more than happy to do what I can.”
How you can help
Aurora Walker’s Point Community Clinic is the largest free clinic in Wisconsin. It provides multilingual, culturally sensitive care to those who are uninsured and face barriers to accessing care.
“Health care is a right – not a privilege,” said Dr. Horwitz. “Charitable gifts are extremely important. This clinic does a tremendous amount of good for the community and should be supported.”