SWMC - Southwestern Medical Clinic
1234 Napier Ave
St. Joseph, MI 49085
The mission of the group is to care for people from all walks of life here in the United States and around the world. The group started working in a county hospital in rural Michigan, taking care of many medically indigent, welfare patients, migrant workers, and the elderly. However, the work has grown so that it ministers to patients from all levels of society, never turning people away because they cannot afford medical care.
The second objective of the group is involvement in medical missions. Starting out by offering the furloughing medical missionary a place to train, re-adjust, “sharpen up,” and re-enter the U.S. medical practice, it has grown to where the group has a multi-faceted and unique ministry to medical missionaries, medical missions, and to the world.
In the early 1960s, a dream became a reality. The dream had been that a missionary group of doctors at home on furlough or extended leave could work in association with a group of committed Christian physicians in practice in the United States who were interested in medical missions and called to short-term involvement.
From a small start of six doctors, two surgeons, and four family practitioners, the Southwestern Medical Clinic has grown to a group of over 80 physicians at home and, at one time, as many as 12 serving overseas. The missionary physicians are from varied mission boards.