SC Mission 2010 Patient: "It's been a good day"

Ann Johnson of Duncan, SC, arrived at the First Carolina convention center in Greenville at 3:30 a.m. to make sure that she would be treated during the two-day clinic providing free medical, dental and vision care to uninsured adults. Once in, she had two teeth pulled, had her first medical check-up in some time, had her eyes examined and ordered a pair of bifocals for $35. Speaking with Dudley Brown, the health care reporter with the Spartanburg Herald, Johnson said, "It's been a good day. I really appreciate them having a clinic like this because my teeth were getting bad from taking chemo years ago. I was praying to the Lord for a clinic like this."

The clinic, held August 6 and 7 at the Carolina First convention center in Greenville, was the first time that free medical, dental and vision services have been offered at the same location in the state. The clinic was really two clinics held at the same time.  SC Mission 2010, providing medical and vision services, was sponsored by SCHA, along with the SC Optometric Association and AccessHealth SC, which is funded by the Duke Endowment. The SC Dental Association's hosted the dental clinic, called Dental Access Days.

SC Mission 2010's goal was to provide services and match patients to a medical home where they can continue to receive the care they need, according to Melanie Matney, AccessHealth SC executive director.

A total of 500 volunteers including physicians, nurses, dentists, optometrists, pharmacy and labor specialists, nursing and medical students, and lay persons helped make the clinic possible. An estimated 2000 persons received services during the two-day event.


08-10-2010 12:00 (EDT)