SouthernCarolina Alliance Donates Golf Proceeds to Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine

June 12, 2017

SouthernCarolina Alliance was pleased to present a donation derived from the Spring Drive & Pull, a regional industry appreciation event held in Jasper County on March 31st, to the Greater Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine program.

The regional economic development organization for Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties, SouthernCarolina Alliance hosted a golf tournament at Hilton Head Lakes Golf Club and a sporting clays event at Turkey Hill Plantation as a spring networking opportunity for the region’s business and industry leaders.  The money donated by golfers to purchase mulligans in the captain’s choice tournament is always donated to a local charity.

This year, the organization chose the Volunteers in Medicine program in Jasper County, where the golf tournament was held.

With the dedicated service of volunteer physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals, the Greater Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine organization provides care to residents in Bluffton and Jasper County who are without medical insurance.  The all-volunteer free medical clinic provides medical exams, counseling and nutritional services as well as preventative disease education to over 2,000 eligible uninsured residents.

In addition, radiological imaging and lab testing referrals are made for patients needing these services.

The clinic is staffed by caring and generous local physicians and nurses who donate their time and expertise to extend first class medical care to patients at the clinic. Office and administrative positions are filled by volunteers who answer the phones, greet patients and manage medical records and paperwork necessary to operate a busy clinic. In all, approximately 75 volunteers make the day to day operation of the clinic possible.

Bluffton-Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine is one of over 90 independent clinics under the guidance of the National Volunteers in Medicine Alliance. These clinics are a local solution to a national problem and seek to make primary healthcare accessible to a greater number of people in the community who have no insurance.

On Monday, June 5, SouthernCarolina Alliance First Vice Chairman Marty Sauls presented a check of $540 to the Greater Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine Alliance Executive Director Pat Toney.

“We are pleased with the generosity of our golf participants, who made this donation possible,” said Sauls.  “This was our inaugural Spring Drive & Pull event, and it was a huge success, with more than 125 participating.  We look forward to next year’s event, and we are grateful that we can support the local work of the Volunteers in Medicine Alliance.”

 For more information on the Greater Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine, visit the website: www.bjvim.org.  

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