Dental Clinic Update

The remodeling for the new dental clinic at BJVIM is underway! And we could not be more excited about this addition to our clinic. Walls are down, drain ditches have been dug, the ceiling removed and all bathroom fixtures are gone! This project will take about 11 weeks to complete.

Fraser Construction is working hard to have our dental clinic complete sometime in November so that we may begin treating our patients’ dental needs.

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BJVIM Welcomes New Office Manager

You may have noticed a new face in the office at BJVIM recently. We are excited to have Lee McSavaney join our team as the new office manager. Lee has jumped right in and is working very hard to understand our clinic needs. Originally from England, Lee retired from her career in financial accounting and administration to raise a family and explore exciting opportunities overseas offered through her husband’s career in International Technical Product Marketing. Expatriate life in Westford, MA, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Roswell, GA, finally led the family to the Lowcountry. In 2007, more than 20 years after leaving the UK, Lee and her husband, Dave, made their final relocation, to their “forever” home in Moss Creek. Upon becoming a U.S. Citizen, Lee was able to refresh her administrative skills and resume her career.

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BJVIM Earned a 2020 Gold Rating from the NAFC Quality Standards Program

BJVIM earned a 2020 Gold Rating from the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) Quality Standards Program.

The mission of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics is to ensure the medically underserved have access to affordable health care. The NAFC and its members are dedicated to ensuring that patients receive quality health care. To quantify and qualify the care provided at the Free and Charitable Clinic network, the NAFC formalized a set of Quality Standards for member organizations. 

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5th Annual Spring Fling

Thank You to our Sponsors for their cooperation!

Our Spring Fling Fashion Show is one of our annual fundraising events. This year’s theme is Women Helping Women with all proceeds benefitting our various women’s health programs. Sixty-five percent of our patients are women, many who are caring for both young children and aging parents and rarely take time to take care of themselves. This fundraiser will help to develop and create additional funding for our gynecological services. BJVIM has two GYN specialists in Bluffton and we have added GYN services to our Ridgeland clinic once a month. BJVIM works with Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Island Imaging to provide mammograms to our patients. We also work closely with the SC Health Department’s Best Chance Network program and the Pregnancy Center and Clinic of the Low Country to offer additional women’s services. We plan to continue to grow this program and provide more needed services to the women of our community. The Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine (BJVIM) does not charge a fee for patient services and relies solely on donations and grants to fund our healthcare programs.

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An Update on our Dental Project

In December, we received a very special donation from Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Magro to begin a dental program. Since that time we have met with dental supply companies and Joe Fraser of Fraser Construction who will eventually renovate the back two bathrooms into our new dental/hygiene clinic.

This program has the full endorsement of Dr. Casey who is very eager to begin a dental hygiene program. The plans have been reviewed by a number of dentists and fortunately for us we have a volunteer, Linda Wolfe, who has experience with dental clinics and has made some recommendations.

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Next week is National Health Care Volunteer Week

— Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 19-25th —

We dedicate next week to all the BJVIM 100+ strong volunteers who serve the needs of our uninsured patients in Greater Bluffton & Jasper County.

BJVIM is truly a volunteer clinic with 16 departments, 14 of which are managed by volunteers. With your continued commitment in 2019, our volunteers helped to provid 5,500 patient medical visits, 3,161 lab tests, 111 mental health visits, 431 off site diagnostic test, 208 referred dental visits and from our pharmacy filled 7,212,prescriptions! Over 10,000 volunteer hours were logged in.

What an amazing group of people, on behalf of myself and the BJVIM Board of Directors THANK YOU!

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