Free Medical Clinic
A visit in 2006 to the free medical clinic in Hilton Head, SC, by a few citizens of Rock Hill, SC, inspired the creation of a county-wide committee to study the need and determine if services were warranted here. It was discovered that a free medical clinic was desperately needed in York County. In 2006, York County’s population was approximately 217,000. Over 43,000 were without health insurance and most of those would have qualified because of income. With the need established, the committee pursued funding and set up the clinic that exists today.
In four years, the clinic has identified approximately 1000 patients. The clinic is open four days a week and is staffed by a part time medical doctor, a full time nurse practitioner as well as a part time nurse practitioner, an administrative assistant and a director of development and fundraising. Follow-up care is provided at the clinic and, as necessary, by medical specialists in the area who volunteer their services. Lab procedures and all prescriptions are provided to patients at no cost.
Many volunteers also serve at the clinic as nurses, lab technicians, receptionists, and screeners.