BY CHRIS FAULKNOR, PUBLISHER
On July 1, after 47 years in practice, Dr. Richard Mansfield will be officially retiring.
But, he isn’t hanging up his white coat just yet.
Mansfield, who is retiring from Up North Medical Center near Harbor Springs, is best known for his work as medical director of the Boyne Area Free Clinic.
“(I) have worked with Dr. Mansfield for a few years,” said Volunteer Nurse Katie MacInnis. “He is a wonderful person and doctor.”
The story of how Mansfield came to town is actually quite unique.
“The Boyne Valley Lions Club put up a billboard on I-75 that said ‘Doctor Wanted,’ and Dr. Richard Mansfield is the one that answered,” said Boyne Area Free Clinic Treasurer Rex Judkins, who was a charter member of the Lions when that ad was placed. “We needed a doctor, and he’s been here ever since.”
Mansfield’s practice began in Boyne City, and he is credited with delivering over 1,500 babies, according to a press release issued by Up North Medical Center, which he eventually joined.
The Boyne Area Free Clinic opened in the same location as Mansfield’s first practice, and has been running, in one form or another, for over a decade.
“The Boyne Area Free Clinic exists to help the uninsured and underinsured throughout the area and provide medical care to those who might not be able to get it normally,” said clinic office manager Kathy Helsley.
Mansfield’s work with the free clinic earned him the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year award in 2011.
Despite his retirement, Mansfield will continue operating the Boyne Area Free Clinic, which continues to expand its services.
A retirement party will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday July 9 at the Boyne City United Methodist Church at 324 South Park St.
Anyone who was delivered by Dr. Mansfield is invited to bring a photo for his “Baby Bulletin Board.”