The health of our county’s residents continues to be a priority.
Two months after Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine opened an office in Ridgeland, this week a ribbon-cutting is set to welcome the facility’s introduction of free vision screenings.
The Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine (BJVIM) is seeking trained Mental Health specialists who are interested in volunteering their time at the Bluffton and Ridgeland clinics.
“Many patients coming to the clinic have health problems that contribute to employment issues, relationship problems, and functioning in the world,” said Dr. Helene Stoller, a 25-year psychologist who volunteers at the clinic.
Patients from Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine (BJVIM) will soon have access to free vision screenings. Thanks to generous donations from local Lions Clubs, individuals and grants, a room in the Ridgeland clinic has been outfitted with state-of-the art ophthalmic equipment.
“We will be one of only a handful of free clinics in South Carolina to have an ophthalmic exam on site,” said Pam Toney, BJVIM executive director.
A ribbon cutting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. August 19 at the Ridgeland Clinic, located at 11332 N. Jacob Smart Blvd. The public also is invited to free vision screenings completed by the Sun City Lions Club from 1-3 p.m.
Annual Fundraising Campaign
June 9-Sept. 9
Hampton Lake 9th Annual Tiger Bass 5K/12K Race
Proceeds benefit BJVIM and Memory Matters
Evening Under the Vines
Sept. 22 at September Oaks Winery
Food, Silent Auction, Entertainment Featuring Shannon Tanner
BJVIM Charity Golf Outing
Oct. 3 at Hampton Hall
Evening by the River
Oct. 13 at The Pine House, Old Town Bluffton
By Jessicah Lawrence
Free medical services for those without health insurance and on low income are now available at a clinic in the community.
Bluffton-Jasper Volunteers in Medicine is unveiling its new Ridgeland medical clinic Thursday with an open house starting at 5:30 p.m. The facility is at 11332 N. Jacob Smart Blvd., and will provide primary care services. The Bluffton location continues to offer gynecological services, cardiology, endocrinology, diabetic care and nutrition.
About one-third of the patients who visit the Bluffton-Jasper Volunteers in Medicine clinic in Bluffton off Burnt Church Road are Jasper County residents, calling for a facility closer to home for their patients.
Subaru of Hilton Head was proud to present a check for $11,912 to the Bluffton-Jasper County Volunteers In Medicine on Monday, May 2, as part of the Subaru Share the Love Initiative.
“We were thrilled to be able to donate these funds to such a worthwhile organization,” said Brian McGinnis, General Manager of Subaru of Hilton Head. “Subaru of Hilton Head enjoys being able to ‘share the love’ and contribute to those in need in our community.”
For the past 18 months, the organizers at the Bluffton Volunteers in Medicine clinic have worked to get care to those in need in Jasper County and slowly its become a reality.
Opening June 9th, the new clinic will offer a variety of primary care services for those without insurance, and making less than the poverty rate. Folks in Jasper County up until now, had the choice of driving to the Bluffton clinic, going straight to the hospital, or not receiving care at all.
One of three free clinics in the Lowcountry is offering colon cancer screenings for uninsured people. According to a release from Heather Bragg, Beaufort Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine with efforts from Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, which secured a grant with the American Cancer Society’s National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, and a grant from AccessHealth Lowcountry, BJVIM, Good Neighbors Free Medical Clinic in Beaufort and the Volunteers in Medicine of Hilton Head are offering fecal immonochemical test (FIT) for screening colon cancer. It tests for hidden human blood in stool, which can be an early sign of cancer. Medicines and food do not interfere with the test. The test tends to be more accuracte and has fewer false positive results than other tests.
A free medical clinic could be on its way to Jasper County.
The Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine, which offers medical services free of charge to individuals who qualify based on income, currently serves Jasper residents but according to Executive Director for the BJVIM clinic Pam Toney, the organization hopes to expand in the next few years to reach an even bigger client base.
“We have 450 patients from Jasper that come to us, but one of the big issues is transportation,” Toney said. “So they’re just not able to get to us to make appointments. We realized the need to have a physical presence in Jasper County and we’re working on that.”