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Volunteers in Medicine Clinic

Hilton Head Island, S.C.



The free clinic staffed by retired care providers, including physicians, nurses, dentists, social workers, and lay persons, is the only medical and dental facility that offers no-charge services to underserved patients, including many minorities. Grant support from the Health Clinic Opportunity Fund goes toward training medical professionals to use a recently installed electronic medical records system. The fund is designed to bridge, build, and sustain the operations of high-performing community health centers serving diverse and vulnerable populations. It targeted free clinics, public health clinics, and designated federally qualified health center look-alikes to meet both the immediate and long-term health needs of their constituents. Priority was given to projects that leverage existing resources, create more effective operating systems, improve efficiencies, and expand and maintain access to health services for vulnerable populations.