Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of General Internal Medicine

Division of General Internal Medicine Newsletter

  • GIM News
  • Donna L. Bishop, Editor
  • Next issue:
    December 2016
  • Submission deadline:
    November 18th, 2016
  • E-mail: Donna Bishop

Birmingham Free Clinic Receives Award from Allegheny County Medical Society

The Birmingham Free Clinic was recently selected as the recipient of the 2016 Benjamin Rush Community Organization Award from the Allegheny County Medical Society. The Birmingham Free Clinic, located on the South Side of Pittsburgh and operated by the DGIM-sponsored Program for Health Care to Underserved Populations (PHCUP), has been providing medical services to uninsured and medically indigent patients since 1994.

Originally opened in a small space provided by the Salvation Army, which has been a partner with the clinic since its establishment, the clinic was moved in December 2008 to a renovated larger building donated by the Salvation Army. The move to a new facility allowed for private interview rooms for intake purposes, new private exam rooms, and the expansion of the pharmacy. Over the years the Clinic has added specialty clinics such as Cardiology and Mental Health.

The Birmingham Free Clinic is supported by volunteers, the Division of General Internal Medicine, and donations, contributions, and fundraisers, many of which have been sponsored by Pitt Medical and undergraduate students. Just last year, the clinic saw more than 1,100 patients for nearly 2,500 visits, and facilitated nearly $400K worth of free prescriptions.

The clinic, along with all the other winners of awards from the Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation, will be recognized at a gala in March 2017 held at Heinz Field.