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Our Story

Our Founder:

Rotarian Roger Bouck, was one of those extraordinary people we may meet once or twice in a lifetime.

He was a retired Boeing manager who had worked as a mediator. After a life-threatening auto accident, he resolved to devote the rest of his life to service. Among other  activities, he volunteered at the Lake City Food Bank. 

There, he observed that many who needed food also needed medical care. At this time he decided to start a free medical clinic.

He persuaded North Helpline to be the landlord. North Helpline gave him 480 square feet of space in the old Lake City Firehouse, where the food bank was also located, and later 2.400 square feet in the new McDermott Place Low Income Housing Building, where North Helpline and the food bank are currently located.

Rotary clubs of Lake Forest Park and Shoreline, along with others, agreed to underwrite the project. Rotarian and architect Marvin Gabbert, designed both spaces. Other Rotarians helped put up walls and paint.

Roger invited several doctors, and more importantly, several nurses and a pharmacist to join him. He negotiated with Northwest Hospital to provide labs and imaging at no charge to patients. He obtained donated medical equipment and supplies.

During his last year of life, he carried a portable oxygen supply, but never lost his good humor. Knowing his time was limited, he recruited Rotarian Greg Schaefer as the new leader. Greg is a specialist in health care IT. His wife, Karen Schaefer, has trainingand experience managing non-profits. Now she is the President and Greg is the Treasurer of the Advisory Board.

The Clinic:

The clinic opened in February 2006 at the old Lake City Firehouse.  It moved to the new space at McDermott Place in January 2010. roger died April 2009. We remember his buoyant spirit and dedication as we carry on his work.

Board members, Mary Starkebaum, MD, and Diane Strom, PharmD, have volunteered at the clinic since the beginning. Wes Van Voorhis, MD, head of the ID Division at the UW Medical School, saw patients with us since 2007, and served on the board in 2013.

Loretta Edwards, RN, a retired nurse manager, joined as clinic manager in 2000. Brie Moulton, RN, ARNP, came on to help manage the clinic in 2004. Steven Nguyen, an administrator at Northwest Hospital, started with us in 2016. these three, Loretta and Brie especially, kept the clinic going for years, and have now all moved on. David Skatula, PharmD, came in as clinic manager in 2019.

Medical students from the University of Washington joined us in 2012. We are now an official University Medical Schoolpractice site.