Volunteers in Medicine founder Jack McConnell

Celebration of VIM’s Founder, Dr. Jack McConnell, for his Induction into the Hilton Head Hall of Fame


Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head (VIM) is proud to honor Dr. Jack McConnell’s November 2015 induction into the Hilton Head Hall of Fame with a celebration on May 10, 2016, from 6 to 9 at the Poseidon Rooftop in Shelter Cove.

The Hilton Head Hall of Fame was established in 2011 by the Rotary Club of Hilton Head to honor individuals who have had a significant and enduring impact on Hilton Head and its residents. Inspired by his father’s question, “What did you do for someone today?”, Dr. McConnell founded Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head in 1993 when he realized that onethird of the residents of his community were without access to health care. VIM provides healthcare and medical services to the medically underserved population of Hilton Head and Daufuskie Islands. When the clinic opened, it had 55 retired physicians, 68 retired specialists, and 100 other lay people on its staff. Today, the clinic has more than 600 volunteers who serve more than 10,000 patients in over 30,000 patient visits each year. Additionally, VIM Hilton Head serves as the flagship model for 96 free medical clinics across the country.

Although Dr. McConnell will be unable to attend the event, his wife Mary Ellen McConnell will join the VIM family for an evening of tributes, music, dining, friendship and celebration. There will be a 15-minute-program featuring speakers and a video made for the occasion. Approximately 235 people are anticipated at the event that will feature the music of The Headliners.