SC Mission 2010 Comes to the Upstate

Two-day free medical event coming to Greenville

Greenville, SC – Adults who don't have access to health care services can receive free medical, vision and dental care August 6 and 7 at the Carolina First Center in Greenville.

The South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA), AccessHealth SC and the South Carolina Optometric Association will join with providers throughout the state to present SC Mission 2010, which will be held in conjunction with the South Carolina Dental Association's Dental Access Days (DAD). Working together, licensed health practitioners will provide dental, medical, and vision services to low income, uninsured adults on a first-come, first-served basis. Behavioral health services, sexually transmitted disease counseling, and patient education on the most common chronic health conditions will also be available.

A number of community providers, including Access Health Spartanburg, AnMed Health, Baptist Easley, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Good Samaritan Free Medical Clinic, Greenville County Medical Society, Greenville Free Medical Clinic, Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center, New Horizons Family Health Services, Oconee Medical Center, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Taylors Free Medical Clinic, Welvista, and Astra Zeneca are also providing support.

The sponsors expect about 500 volunteers -- including physicians, nurses, dentists, optometrists, pharmacy and lab specialists, medical and nursing students, and lay persons ¬-- to participate in the two-day event. Some volunteers will also assist with patient registration and records.

Care will be provided from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Aug. 6 and 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. Aug. 7. Persons seeking services are encouraged to get there as early as possible, bring water and be patient.
Organizers say the providers will see as many persons as possible, but they expect the demand to exceed capacity. The emphasis of this event is on adults because services and coverage are more readily available for children.

"There is an enormous unmet demand for health services among the low-income uninsured of our state," said SCHA President and CEO Thornton Kirby." Our goal is to provide assistance to those in need; we are determined to see as many as possible.

SC Mission 2010 is partnering with hospital-based clinics, federally-qualified health centers or free clinics to encourage follow-up care, said Melanie Matney, AccessHealth SC executive director. 

"Beyond the care they receive on these two days, we want people to walk away from this event with better avenues to continuing care," said Matney. "Every South Carolinian needs a medical home where they can get consistent proactive care rather than depending on the local hospital emergency room."

About the South Carolina Hospital Association

Founded in 1921, the South Carolina Hospital Association is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state's hospitals and health care systems. Based in Columbia, SCHA works with its members to improve access, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care for all South Carolinians. The state's hospitals and health care systems employ more than 70,000 persons statewide. For more information, visit

About AccessHealth SC

Administered by the South Carolina Hospital Association with financial support from The Duke Endowment, AccessHealth SC works to create and sustain coordinated, data-driven community-based networks of care that provide medical homes and ensure timely, affordable, high quality health care services for low-income uninsured people in South Carolinia. For more information, visit

07-20-2010 12:00 (EDT)