Immigrants unsure about health care as 91-year-old clinic doctor’s retirement nearsPosted: Updated:
Immigrants in the country illegally and without health insurance say they are worried where they will go for care when a 91-year-old doctor at a Rockland County clinic retires.
Dr. Lloyd Hamilton runs the Health Lifeline Clinic in Nyack, which serves mostly immigrants, homeless people and otherwise uninsured patients for free.
For the last 10 years, Hamilton has been funded primarily by four classmates from Yale and Harvard Medical School. That changed this spring after three of them passed away.
“We had enough money get through maybe June or July, or we had to have closed the doors,” says Hamilton.
A newspaper story highlighting the clinic's plight brought in thousands of dollars in donations.
Nurses say that money will keep the lights on for the 15-plus patients Hamilton sees each week.
Now that the clinic has enough cash to stay open for the year, staff say what they really need is another doctor or two willing to donate a few hours a week to help patients who have nowhere else to go.
Staff at the clinic say they are looking to bring on a general internist who can volunteer alongside Dr. Hamilton and hopefully take over for him once he retires.