The Maternal Child Health Care Clinic is a mainstay of the Gary neighborhoods.  Since 1976, it has seen the birth and little lives of children in the area, and remained popular for its low cost and friendly atmosphere. “I don’t see kids like an assembly line,” said pediatrician Dr. Douge Barthelemy. “I give the mother a chance to answer my questions. I give myself the time to exam totally and detect what’s wrong.”

But recent budget cuts and a loss in state funding means the clinic will have to shut its doors on Dec. 31.  Current patients will receive care at the nearby Marram Health Center.