With the dedicated service of volunteer physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals, the Bluffton Jasper VIM provides care to our friends and neighbors in Bluffton and Jasper County who are without medical insurance.

Presently in the U.S., there are over 250,000 retired physicians; 350,000 nurses; and 40,000 dentists. Most are looking for a meaningful way to spend their retirement. Not only do many retired medical professionals still want to practice, they need to practice. Serving those in need is as therapeutic for the caregiver as it is for the care recipient.

Volunteer Gail Temple, RN, with patient

Our Current Medical Staff

  • 17 Doctors
  • 18 Nurses
  • 75 Non-Medical Administrative Volunteers


2020 Board of Directors

Tom Upshaw, Chairman of the Board
Retired President & CEO Palmetto Electric Cooperative

Barbara Elbertson, Vice Chair
Retired Management from Johnson & Johnson

Joe Pantano, Secretary
Retired Management from GM

Alexina Harter, Treasurer
Vice President, Palmetto State Bank – Bluffton

Christina Brzezinski
Chief Nursing Officer, Coastal Carolina Hospital

Daniel Henderson
Attorney Partner, PMPED

Dot Jeger
Retired Management, Marketing & Consulting

Rev. Renty Kitty
Staff, Jasper County

Richard Reed
Real Estate

Dan Wood
Town Councilman, Town of Bluffton

L. Martin Sauls, III
Owner, Saul’s Funeral Home

Kathleen Casey, MD
BJVIM, Medical Director

Pamela Toney
BJVIM Executive Director

Jennifer Brown
ex officio Founder

Bill Herbkersman
ex officio Developer


Ruth Spinello, Nurse Manager
Wendy Barrett, Diabetic Nutritionist
Joe Pantano, BJVIM Board of Directors Secretary