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Become a Hero in our Midst

 

Healthcare philanthropy has never been more important!

Now, more than ever, our less fortunate neighbors need Volunteers in Medicine Clinic to stay healthy and strong and WE NEED YOU!

Help us respond to the need and continue to change lives for the better. Help us continue to make our impact on this community we love to call home, touching thousands upon thousands of lives and making them better through hope and healing.

We always remain committed to our mission, passionately dedicated to VIM Clinic’s Circle of Caring and continuing the clinic’s legacy. We’ve been an indispensable community asset for 28 years strong and counting.

This takes a community! It’s a community of hope and a community of caring VIM Clinic heroes like YOU.

HEAR FROM ONE OF OUR PATIENTS

“Without VIM Clinic, a lot of us low-income people like myself, we wouldn’t have made it”

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Our Misson

Our mission is to understand and serve the health and wellness needs of the medically underserved and their households, who live or work on Hilton Head and Daufuskie Islands.

Our Vision

May we have eyes to see those who are rendered invisible and excluded,
Open arms and hearts to reach out and include them,
Healing hands to touch their lives with love,
And in the process heal ourselves.

Together, we will get through this. Together, we can recover and heal. Together, we are Volunteers in Medicine Clinic.

Dr. Jack McConnell with first patient | Volunteers in Medicine Clinic

Our first hero…

It all started with a simple question at the dining room table when Dr. Jack McConnell was young. His father, a Baptist preacher, would ask his children “What have you done for someone today?” As Dr. McConnell retired to Hilton Head Island with his wife, he continued to ask himself this question and he recognized a problem. “Jack would ask why someone wasn’t doing something about access to healthcare for the one-third of our neighbors who did without,” says Mrs. McConnell, “he finally realized that he was talking to himself.”

Dr. Jack’s vision was deceptively simple – to satisfy the overwhelming need for access to free health care through the skills and expertise of the highly skilled retired physicians, nurses and laypeople already living on Hilton Head. When VIM Clinic opened almost 30 years ago, it was the first of its kind in the nation, and since then, Hilton Head Island has become a community that offers every resident access to health care.

Today, there are nearly 100 clinics based on our model around the country and Dr. Jack has been honored on national, state and local levels. “It is a very special place,” described Dr. Jack. “Many of our physicians call it their home away from home and they would be lost without it. That also holds true for the patients who come here. They too would be lost without it. It’s not where you come from or where you’re going, but who you help along the way that makes a difference in your life,” said Dr. McConnell.

Dr. Jack’s inspiration is felt here on a daily basis. Sick patients are being treated, wellness education is offered, prevention and healthful living is stressed, and hundreds of volunteers enrich their own lives by making Dr. Jack’s vision an ongoing reality.

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Look to the Future

Meet Dr. John Newman, our new Executive Director.

Dr. John Newman | Volunteers in MedicineDr. Newman joined VIM Clinic in June after serving as hospital president and Chief Medical Officer for Advocate Aurora Healthcare in Oshkosh, Wis. A general surgeon, he is a hands-on leader, sees patients at the clinic and clearly understands the role of our patients, staff, and volunteers as the Heroes in our Midst.

The definition of sustainability is “Avoiding the depletion of resources to maintain balance.”

Dr. Newman has often quoted that, “At the end of the day, patients, staff, and volunteers leave VIM with more than we had when we arrived. That is the key to our sustainability! There is something special in the sauce at VIM and while we may not know the exact ingredient, we know this.  It’s in there.”

“It still is a lot of work. Meaningful, rewarding work, but old-fashioned work nonetheless.” Dr. Newman knows this is where our invaluable volunteers step up. “We need your time and we need your talent,” he said. “It’s not always about writing a check. If you are able, we need you to come over and volunteer. If you’re a nurse, we need you. You know these doctors can’t do anything without the nurses! If you’re a doctor, we need you over here laying your hands upon those we are missioned to serve. If you are fluent in Spanish, then we need you to help us communicate. Interpreters are often what we need the most. If you can’t come in,”  Newman asks, “please send your prayers.”

“Your financial support is very important to sustaining our mission as well,” Dr. Newman noted. “We don’t seek or accept any money from the government and every aspect of patient care is free. Amazingly, the patients frequently reach into their wallets and donate with pride.”

“Our patients provide the fuel which drives the economic engine of this amazing Island. If we don’t care for these neighbors, then who will be there to help with our homes, our landscaping, and the fantastic resorts and restaurants? They have good and important jobs, they just can’t afford healthcare.”

“Without a doubt, you’ll get more in return than you give,” Newman noted. “It’s about joy in medicine and having purpose in life. There’s a lot to be said about people that are having fun and doing good.”

“The patients are so grateful. The dollars donated and hours given by volunteers are what make it happen.”  Dr. Jack McConnell founded the clinic close to 30 years ago after an encounter with a local resident. “I would challenge people to do what Dr. Jack did,” Dr. Newman said. “When you’re talking to someone working on the Island, inquire where they get their healthcare. If they say, it’s VIM Clinic, be proud you helped take care of them.  If they say they haven’t seen somebody in years, let them know they deserve Health and Wellness and to maybe give Volunteers in Medicine Clinic a call.”

Help us, help them, help you!  We are all better together.

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We can’t do this alone! We need YOU to complete the Circle of Caring.

VIM Clinic’s Circle of Caring could never be complete without the generous support of our community. Thank you for your support and dedication. Thank you for ensuring that everyone in our community has access to healthcare regardless of their ability to pay. Thank you for enabling us to respond to the healthcare disparities in our community. Thank you for doing your part in helping our neighbors who need us recover from this pandemic. Without you, none of this is possible.

Thank you for being a Hero in our Midst!

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Volunteers in Medicine Clinic
15 Northridge Drive,
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

For more information, please call the VIM Clinic Development Office at (843) 689-6612 or email us at development@vimclinic.org

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Volunteers in Medicine Clinic is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
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