Volunteers in Medicine Clinic
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For the past 25 years, Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head Island has been providing free health care on Hilton Head Island. The relentless efforts of founder Dr. Jack McConnell have ensured that everyone in our community has access to free, compassionate, quality-driven health care. Today, almost 650 volunteer physicians, nurses, dentists, social workers and lay volunteers provide more than 28,000 patient visits each year. And, VIM Hilton Head Island serves as the flagship model for 88 free medical clinics across the country. VIM’s protocols treat the symptoms, educate the patient in self-care and monitor the patient to maintain wellness. VIM offers family practice, internal medicine, as well as lab, x-ray and ultrasound services, pharmacy, mental health and dental care in a total of 23 medical specialties and five disease management clinics. VIM’s patients are our neighbors – those who live and/or work on Hilton Head and Daufuskie Islands and meet simple requirements – from all walks of life and in all stages of employment. Over three-quarters of our patients are employed in local businesses that support our tourism industry. We rely on donations from individuals, businesses and foundations. VIM neither seeks nor accepts government funding. Each year, we are challenged to meet an operating budget that exceeds $2.05 million. VIM faces the harsh realities of soaring health care costs, growing unemployment, a challenging economy and escalating numbers of people who nee