Nyack doctor offers free health care

May 12, 2009 4:05:42 PM PDT
These may be hard times, but one man is trying to make them easier. He's not a hero, but don't tell that to the people he's now offering free health care. The retired doctor has opened a free clinic in the town of Nyack to patients who otherwise would have no medical care.

He wasn't even seeing patients Tuesday, but Dr. Lloyd Hamilton's phone was ringing off the hook. Hamilton opened his Nyack clinic this week, offering free medical care to low-income, uninsured residents.

Hamilton opened Health Lifeline after budget cuts shut down a clinic run by Rockland County, where he worked for the last 15 years. His office space at St. Ann's Church, the equipment, even the cost of malpractice insurance have all been donated.

One couple, who own a cleaning service, stopped by Tuesday to offer their services for free.

So how makeshift is the exam room? One sink is off-limits because it's for holy water only, and Dr. Hamilton's EKG machine rests right next to a confessional booth.

Fr. Alex Agyepong has worked with Dr. Hamilton on another pet project, the Giving to Ghana Foundation, which has broken ground on a clinic in the impoverished African nation.

For the record, the Harvard-educated internist and psychiatrist is 81 years young and has no intention of slowing down, meaning the doctor is in and will be for the foreseeable future.

The telephone number for the Health Lifeline Clinic is 845-358-5433.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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