Our Islands, Our Future

The island’s indigent and uninsured are amongst those being encouraged to take advantage of free health screenings being offered by a group of medical professionals. “Early detection of medical issues can make the difference between life and death,” said Dr. Marcus Griffin, founder of a yearly free screening clinic on Maui. “We are concerned that many people delay visiting doctors because they worry about the cost of a check-up. Our free clinic addresses that concern. It will give people peace of mind and provide early medical intervention for patients who need help.”

The free health screening clinic is set 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Kihei-Wailea Medical Center in the Pi’ilani Village Shopping Center. The clinic will provide cardiology, pulmonary, dermatology, ophthalmology, obstetrics and gynecology, and general health screenings. Blood analysis also will be available along with X-rays, physical therapy, and massage therapy. This is the third year the Kihei-Wailea Medical Center has provided the service. More than 100 people have already taken advantage of the free screening clinics. “People without medical insurance are most at risk of delaying or even foregoing check-ups,” Griffin said. “We want to address that need. “It’s all part of wanting to help our community,” Griffin said. “Our medical center’s mission statement is: ‘Working together to care for our community.’”

The Kihei-Wailea Medical Center is located at the Pi’ilani Village Shopping Center, 221 Pi’ikea Ave., Suite A, Kihei 96753. For more information, call 874-8100. The free clinic’s participating providers include: Kihei-Wailea Medical Center, Clinical Labs of Hawaii, Maui Diagnostic Imaging, Bodies in Motion Physical Therapy, Premier Physical Therapy, Kihei Safeway, Maui Chest Medicine, Dr. Melvin Burton, Dr. Peter Muthard and staff, The Women’s Health Center of Maui, Dr. Benjamin Berry and staff, Aloha Eye Clinic, Dr. Jivin Tantisira and staff, Dermatology and Laser Center of Maui, Dr. George Martin and staff, cardiologist Dr. Howard Barbarosh and Erika Oleska, owner of Green Ti massage therapy.