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December 2016 Community Medical Clinic Newsletter
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Thank you for being a part of our family

Happy holidays!
We are incredibly proud of everything we've got going on here at the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County. Thank you for being a part of the Clinic family's success.

We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season!

All the best,
Susan Witkowski
CEO, Community Medical Clinic

Our journey begins as we make Kershaw the healthiest county in South Carolina! 

We were honored to host, “Flip or Flop, Let’s Move Kershaw County to the Top,” in October featuring Dr. Soma Stout, from the prestigious Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care, the Lead Transformation Adviser at the Cambridge Health Alliance.

Sponsored by LiveWell Kershaw, this conference connected business, government, community, education and healthcare leaders from across the county with nationally-recognized experts from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Harvard University's School of Public Health.

To learn more, click here. 

Bus Tour offers insight to how to improve healthcare in rural areas

To open up a dialogue about the population heath of Kershaw County, CMC organized two bus tour for both staff, volunteers and community leaders. The purpose of the tour was to showcase CMC's efforts as well as to start a conversation about how the community can move forward with innovative solutions to empower residents to live healthier lives.

The route included visits to Cassatt, Bethune, Mt. Pisgah, Bone Town, Kershaw and Lancaster. Participants visited all five church sites that are part of the initiative and also toured the School-Based Health Center at North Central High School. Click here to learn more. 
CMC Founders Luncheon
Earlier this year CMC held a luncheon at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church to reconnect with our founding volunteers. We were humbled to welcome veteran volunteers, board members and staff. Everyone in attendance shared inspirational and touching stories about their involvement with the clinic and how it has truly been life changing for so many in our community. It's important to pass down the heritage of volunteering with the next generation, and everyone attending the lunch has been a part of this legacy.

Give the gift of Healthcare

This is the time of year when many worthy organizations send requests for donations and it's an important choice to make.  If you believe access to high quality health care is important to everyone, then please consider choosing the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County during this time of giving.  The Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County supports each other to thrive, not just survive and is redefining health for the uninsured in our county. Through our partnerships, volunteers and our clinics we serve as a medical home to 800 underserved or uninsured neighbors. We invite you to be part of our family, please choose to make a financial gift today.   

Oysters and BBQ Bash

For the second year in a row, our Oysters and BBQ Bash event completely SOLD OUT. About 400 people brought their appetite to enjoy steamed oysters, BBQ and all the fixings provided by The Catery on Broad. Guests enjoyed live entertainment for the night by Second Nature band.

View pictures from the event.

To get a personal invitation to next year's event, subscribe here. 

Giving Thanks

Just before Thanksgiving, the Community Medical Clinic (CMC) staff, volunteers and patients came together for a fellowship dinner, held at Food for the Soul.

Food for the Soul serves free, home-cooked lunches four days a week to anyone in need, and also operates a winter shelter. It provides warm shelter, showers, and clothes washing for the homeless whenever nighttime temps are predicted to be 36 degrees or lower.

After dining together, everyone attending the CMC thanksgiving dinner had the opportunity to tour Food for the Soul facilities and learn more about the services they provide.

CMC Memorials

In memory of Ethel Griffin
In memory of Phyllis (Muff) W Zemp
In memory of Morris K. Phillips
In memory of Marie Boyle
In memory of Margaret Pitts
In memory of Leota Sieber
In memory of Joyce WatkIns
In memory of Jim Wheeler
In memory of Jay Reeves
In memory of Janet Dill
In memory of Gloria Dority
In memory of Elizabeth McCoy Myers
In memory of Earl Loos
In memory of Dr.Jack T. Fakoury, Sr.
In memory of Dennis Magee
In memory of Debbie Nunn
In memory of Curtis H. CaulkIns, Jr
In memory of Ben Newman
In memory of Beatrice LaPlante
In memory of Alice Boykin
In honor of Tom Ranson
In honor of Stacy Collier
In honor of Mr. and Mrs. William F. Nettles III
In honor of Mary Clark, receiving the legacy bench in the Camden city park
In honor of Kitty and Henry Beard's 50th wedding anniversary
In honor of Jay Janssen
In honor of Jay Campbell
In honor of Frank and Mary Ellen Pfohl
In honor of Ed and Elaine Baxley
In honor of Dr. and Mrs. John M. Stephenson
In honor of Donnie Wilson
In honor of Cindy Babcock
In honor of Betty Fakoury
In honor of all CMC Volunteers
In honor of  the birth of Theodore Hudson
In honor of the Dentists of Kershaw County
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LiveWell Kershaw positively impacts North Central

Past Service Area:
A diverse community coalition in Kershaw County, used the hospital-led Community Health Needs Assessment (FY2013) to create specific actions to address critical issues.  The Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County, a 17-year-old free clinic, is committed to addressing not only clinical needs but also health behaviors and social and economic factors of patients and their families.  112 patients from the North Central area had a medical home at CMC as of May 1, 2014.
 
 

Present Service Area:
To date, over 800 un-duplicated residents from the North Central area have been connected to a medical home with over 3,000 visits.  76% of these visits are complex and require case management.  The School-Based Health Center currently has 56% of all high school students enrolled and 29% of all middle school students.  The Nurse Practitioner and team have conducted 100 sports physicals, 86 sick visits, 6 TDAP shots and 10 flu shots.  USC doctoral community psychology students have served 85 unduplicated students for mental health services, which includes one on one counseling, mentoring, parent sessions, consultations, and support groups.  Over 30 teachers have also received mentoring services. The number of disciplinary referrals, tardies and unexcused absences is decreasing with statistically significant results attributed to the School Based Health Center.

Future Service Area:
Future plans include expanding to all middle and high schools in Kershaw County and expanding to three additional church satellites and one urgent care site in Lugoff and Elgin.  With over 50 signed community letters of commitment, we are executing our strategic plan to enhance population health and for Kershaw County to be the healthiest county in the state.  We will be focused on addressing issues county wide with specific emphasis on obesity, mental health, teen pregnancy, seniors and rural poverty.

*LWK DHHS Funding 

CMC opened in 1998 as a nonprofit, charitable family practice medical clinic. It was founded on the mission of providing medical care to the uninsured residents of Kershaw County. CMC has grown from seeing several patients a week in one room to having a fully staffed medical facility in Camden as well as satellite clinics in North Central. By spending funds efficiently, CMC is able to operate the clinic on $500,000 annually. That investment results in a value of $5.7 million of medical care for Kershaw County residents. More than 200 active community volunteers contribute 10,000 hours to the clinic each year, allowing CMC to leverage each dollar donated. To learn more visit www.cmcofkc.org.

 
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