The Huiras Family Ozaukee Community Clinic is a volunteer-based clinic serving individuals in Ozaukee County who do not have insurance and are unable to pay for basic, non-emergency clinical services. There is no charge for services provided at the clinic for those who are eligible. If specialized care is needed, the patient will be referred to a specialist who will provide healthcare services at no charge or at a discounted fee.
Am I eligible?
The following must be true to be eligible for care at the Huiras Family Ozaukee Community Clinic. If you do not qualify, we may be able to refer you to other programs.
Ozaukee Clinic Helps New Resident Avert a Medical Crisis
David's year didn’t start out well. He had been laid off from his job at a cheese factory in Monroe. At 57, he had a lot of experience – factory work, landscaping, construction – and he needed a job. At the invitation of a friend, he decided to look for work across the state, in Port Washington.
During the spring, David began experiencing severe abdominal pains. He thought it was a reaction to a medication he was taking for Type 2 diabetes. By July, his symptoms worsened, and he was becoming jaundiced. “It was painful,” he recalls. “Plus, I was hungry, but I felt worse after eating.” After he went to the Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee Emergency Department, he was referred to the hospital’s Huiras Family Ozaukee Community Clinic for further treatment. The clinic serves uninsured county residents.
There, David was examined by the volunteer physician, Dr. Cheryl Zuccaro, who admitted him for treatment. During his three-day hospital stay, Dr. Chad Stepke – a GI specialist – treated his blocked bile duct. David has resumed his job search and spreads the word about the kind people he’s met in Ozaukee County. “The people at Columbia St. Mary’s were more than terrific. I couldn’t have had better care,” he says.
Dramatic Recoveries for Shelly and John
The Huiras Family Ozaukee Community Clinic provides ongoing care to many patients with chronic and complex diseases. Often it is difficult to see the full impact of our work, but occasionally we see patients who make clear and dramatic turnarounds in their health because of the Clinic. Two such stories show the impact of skillful diagnostics and treatment available to all.
Shelly was a middle-aged woman who worked hard as an in-home caregiver and as a beautician. Unfortunately, neither of these service-industry jobs provided health coverage. When she began to have fluid retention problems, she knew she needed medical help. She came to the Clinic and was diagnosed with severe kidney failure. She was helped to receive fairly expensive medication and now is in full remission. As her health returned, Shelly was able to gain employment in a job with health coverage. She no longer needs the services of the Clinic, but her life is much better for the service she did receive.
John, an uninsured man in his twenties, came to the Clinic for what he was sure was just a chest cold. Since Clinic clients receive the same attention to detail and quality of care as any Columbia St. Mary's patient, his physician was careful to make a complete diagnosis. John’s symptoms were not consistent with a simple chest cold and he was sent to a pulmonologist for further work-up. A bronchoscopy helped to diagnose a rare fungal infection, which required six months of antifungal medication. John was helped to apply for pharmaceutical charity programs to cover the cost. He did make a full recovery from what could have been a disabling or fatal condition. The service provided by the Huiras Family Ozaukee Community Clinic made a profound difference in his life.
Ozaukee Community Clinic
Testing and Treatment, first floor
13111 N. Port Washington Road
Mequon, WI 53097
Appointments are highly encouraged. Walk-ins are accepted, but are taken between reserved appointments.
Make an appointment: 414-326-1800
Leave a message for the clinic: 262-243-7533
Wednesdays, 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Patients must see the financial counselor after their first visit to provide eligibility information. No patient will be seen for a second visit without approval from the financial counselor.
The Huiras Family Ozaukee Community Clinic was made possible by a generous gift from Ralph J. Huiras. Contributions to the clinic may be made through the Columbia St. Mary's Foundation by calling 414-585-4900 or by clicking here.