Free Clinic to Expand with New Clinic Construction
Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic is delighted to announce its plans to start construction of an extensive medical facility consisting of seven exam rooms where clinic medical staff will continue to provide for the health and wellness needs of uninsured adults who live or work on Johns, James, and Wadalaw Islands. Construction will begin this month under the management of Ty Lin International/Lindbergh.
The new facility, which will be built in the lot directly behind the present clinic location at 3226 Maybank Highway on Johns Island, is expected to welcome its first patients by January of 2018. The current clinic suite will resume its normal operation during the expected six-month construction period.
Clinic staff and board members celebrated the historic occasion by holding a small groundbreaking ceremony, which was attended by Attorney Malcolm M. Crosland of Steinberg Law Firm in South Carolina. Attorney Crosland was elected to the Board of Directors of the Clinic in March of this year. As one who has advocated on behalf of injured individuals, Attorney Crossland is thrilled to be part of an organization that provides medical care to low-income individuals. He states, “The new expanded facility will allow even more patients to benefit from the medical services rendered by the Clinic, and help make a positive difference in the community.”
Crosland spent his youth in Charleston. At Steinberg Law Firm, he represents plaintiffs in the areas of personal injury and workers’ compensation. He has achieved recognition in the annual Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers lists. Additionally, he actively participates in organizations that advocate for the injured. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group, and has served as President for the nonprofit Injured Workers’ Advocates.
The free clinic was established in 2006 by Drs. Charlie Davis and the late Arthur S. Booth, and was intended to provide primary health care services to uninsured adults who were residing or working at or below 200 percent of the Federal poverty level on Johns, Wadmalaw or James Island. The Clinic is associated with the Volunteers Medicine Organization and is comprised of 122 medical professionals and staff, many of whom have entered retirement, but still possess a license to practice in South Carolina.
Clinic Board Chairman and Volunteer Physician, Dr. Jim Hayes, said, “We are excited about the construction of a new clinic building to solve our space issues, and I hope secondary gains will increase operational efficiencies and perhaps expand our service area. My sincere thank you to our volunteers, grantors and donors for their support.”
Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic provides free primary care to more than 350 uninsured patients per month; the Clinic anticipates that the new facility will enable the Clinic to better accommodate over 600 patients per month. The Clinic will be engaged in fundraising activities during the upcoming months in order to supply the new building with medical equipment and furnishings.
If you would like more information about construction of the new Clinic, and ways you can help, visit www.bifmc.org/build/. If you would like more information about eligibility to become a patient, visit www.bifmc.org.