Dr. Jack McConnell, founder of the first Volunteers in Medicine free clinic, passed away on February 6, 2018 at the age of 93. Dr. McConnell founded the charitable clinic model in Hilton Head, SC, in 1993, utilizing largely retired, volunteer physicians and staff to serve the low income, uninsured residents of the island.
There was a great crowd at the Christmas in July event. It’s not too late to purchase raffle tickets for a romantic weekend getaway to the Biltmore Estate. Tickets are available at the Ridgeland Clinic and the Burnt Church Road Clinic. Join us from 5:30-7 p.m. August 31st at the Morris Center For Lowcountry Heritage in Ridgeland to find out if you are the winner.
The Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine is selling raffle tickets at $10 each for a chance to win a romantic inn getaway to The Biltmore in Asheville, NC. The lucky winner will receive a deluxe king room, a chef’s breakfast buffet, three course dinner, bottle of Biltmore’s sparkling wine, daily estate admission and more.
As part of their Share The Love program, Subaru of Hilton Head presented Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine with more than $21,000 — an unrestricted donation that can be used in the clinic wherever most needed.
Join us for an exciting, fun filled afternoon at beautiful Belfair Plantation where you can see the latest Spring fashions from Cocoon, Eggs ‘N’ Tricities, Spartina and Worth NY, have a wonderful meal, win fabulous prizes and help support Greater Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine.
Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine seeks a nurse manager. 25 hour work week with some flexibility in schedule. Bilingual a plus, needs to understand the mission of our clinic. This position requires a current SC Nurses license. Will work with both the administrative and medical staff and manage a group of volunteer nurses. Send cover letter and resume to Pam Toney, Executive Director, Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine, PO Box 2653, Bluffton SC 29910. No phone calls please.
Local photographer Jackie Friel donated some of her work to adorn blank notecards that Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine is selling at local farmers markets. You can purchase the boxes online below and then pick them up at the Burnt Church Road clinic. Or give Pam Toney a call at 843-706-7090.
As we reflect on the past year we have many accomplishments to be proud of; the opening of our Jasper County clinic, increased partnerships with community healthcare providers, vision screenings and dental programs. While we are proud of these accomplishments we have also seen the need for our services to grow.
Community support is vital in enabling us to care for those who cannot afford healthcare coverage. The medical services that our patients receive are made possible by a staff of compassionate medical and nonmedical volunteers who give tirelessly to ensure that each patient is treated with care and respect.
Neighbors like you have always responded to the needs of its most vulnerable population. This year your donation is even more important as many in our community have suffered great hardships as a result of Hurricane Matthew. Making your tax-deductible donation to the Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine ensures the availability of quality healthcare to those less fortunate and it allows us to continue to carry out our mission.
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