RotaCare: Medical Care for Those in Need

Imagine seeing your child in pain and not being able to take him or her to see a doctor. You have no money, no insurance. You don’t speak English and don’t know where to turn for help.

RotaCare Free ClinicToday, there is somewhere Bellevue families can turn, where healthcare is provided, no questions asked. Prescriptions filled, for free. X-rays, consultations with specialists provided, all for free. These are just a few of the medical services provided by the RotaCare clinic, currently located at Hopelink in Bellevue, funded entirely by donations and fueled by the big hearts of Bellevue Rotarians. What started as a modest endeavor has grown now helping each year more than 500 individuals and families without money or insurance to pay for treatment.

Bellevue Rotary’s RotaCare Clinic helps hundreds every year — all for free.

The RotaCare Free Clinic-Bellevue opened in 1997, based on a similar program that began in California a few years earlier and brought to our area by Ken Graham, a Bellevue Rotarian and then-CEO of Overlake Hospital.

The clinic, open every Saturday from 9:30-11:30 a.m., has an all‑volunteer staff, including physicians, nurses, clerks, pharmacists, social workers and translators. Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Washington Imaging Services and Bellevue Medical Imaging have partnered with RotaCare to provide services free of charge, and other Rotary Clubs around the area have joined in supporting the clinic as well.