March 2017 Community Medical Clinic Newsletter
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Closing the gap between cost and quality

For the past 17 years, we've prided ourselves on being more than "just a clinic." It's always been important to us to see the entire person as we provide comprehensive medical care. We recently adopted a new care coordination model, which means we can more effectively treat (and track the outcomes!) the whole person, and not just a list of symptoms.

The US spends more money on healthcare than any other nation, yet lags behind developed countries in key outcomes. The Pathways Community HUB Model helps address this situation by identifying at-risk individuals and providing them with an effective, coordinated connection to medical and social services.

This new model allows the Clinic to continue to provide high-quality services to those in our community who need it the most, as well as efficiently track and report outcomes for medical, social, and economic determinants. Basically, we'll now be able to more effectively identify and track the impact of our services. 

Traditional healthcare has relied on a reactionary system that delivers treatment in response to urgent needs and reimbursement based on service volume rather than value. The Pathways Community HUB Model helps reverse this trend by shifting the treatment emphasis to preventative care that contains costs rather than increasing expenditures.

CMC’s Hub and Pathway database went live March 13, 2017. We are the first free clinic in the country to use this model. We're excited to be a pioneer for population health in Kershaw County!

All the best,

Susan Witkowski
CEO, Community Medical Clinic

10th Annual Clinic Classic

We will be hosting the 10th Annual Clinic Classic April 29, 2017. This event includes the McDonald's 5K Run/Walk and the Camden Family Care 1-Mile Run/Walk. The race begins and ends at the Community Medical Clinic and winds through the beautiful historic district of Camden. For more information or to register, visit our website  
Register now!

Flip or Flop airs on TruVista Channel 39! 

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 watch the keynote session, click here. 

Patient Satisfaction Survey Results

From November 2, 2016, through January 10, 2017, CMC patients have been asked to complete a satisfaction survey. The following results reflect their responses.
When asked to think about their visit patients were asked to rank nine different aspects including:
  • Wait time to get an appointment
  • Convenience of office location
  • Ability to get through to office phone
  • Length of wait time at the office
  • Amount of time spent by NP or clinic team member seen
  • Explanation of visit
  • Technical skills and competence of NP or clinic team member seen
  • The personal manner of person seen
  • Overall visit

An overwhelming majority of patients rated each of these aspects of securing and attending a CMC appointment at excellent or very good. Several participants felt that CMC did “good” and only one participant marked any aspect as “fair.” In no area did a patient indicate that CMC was operating poorly.

With Dr. Allyson Varn Monferdini of West Wateree Family Dentistry

Every Wednesday, CMC interviews local experts to help keep our community informed on how to stay healthy. This week, we asked Dr. Allyson Monferdini to share her thoughts on how diet effects oral health. 

Listen now!

To tune in for more Wellness Wednesdays, listen to WPUB Cool 102.7 every Wednesday at 12:45 pm. 

Thank you to all our dedicated staff and volunteers who made our annual Attic Sale a success this year. We raised $13,000! Special thank you to Deb McAbee and Sarah Reed for organizing the sale. This event was held in January 2017 at the Pink Stable in Camden and was sponsored by Wells Fargo Financial Advisors. We had a great turn out and appreciate all the community support. As we plan for the future, we are currently looking for a location to host our event next year. If you know of an opportunity, please call Sarah Reed at 572-5190.
This month we are adding a new satellite healthcare location in Bethune and new hours to our existing locations. Most satellites will be open 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm. Our nurse practitioner provides primary care services available in a doctor’s office such as diagnostics, treatment and prescriptions -many at no cost. Community Health Workers (CHWs) are also available to assist with insurance applications, Medicare, Medicaid, and SNAP benefits. They also help with managing diabetes, high blood pressure, and overall health. Call 803.408.0500 to make an appointment at a location near you.

CMC Memorial

In memory of
Joyce Watkins
In memory of
Lisa Brandt
In memory of Eleanor Delpo
In memory of
Alice Boykin
In memory of
Ben Newman
In memory of
Betty Fakoury
In memory of
Bill Bain
In memory of
Bill Sullivan
In memory of Colette and
Howard Truesdale
In memory of
Curtis H. Caulkins, Jr
In memory of
Donna Rostad
In memory of
Dr. Francis McCorkle
In memory of
Dr. Sam Koutroulakis
In memory of
Dr.Jack T. Fakoury, Sr.
In memory of
Earl Loos
In memory of
Elbert Bertram Cutler
In memory of
Gordon B. Moore
In memory of
Janet Dill
In memory of
Joseph Didato
In memory of
Larry Reynolds
In memory of
Leota Sieber
In memory of
Margaret Pitts
In memory of
Morris and
Bertha Phillips
In memory of
Peter Richard
In memory of
Phyllis (Muff) W Zemp
In memory of
Ruth Keller
In memory of
In memory of
Karen Bowers
In memory of
George Adams
In memory of
Gil Reames
In memory of
Beatrice LaPlante
In memory of
Dennis Magee
In memory of
Randy Player
In memory of
Ethel Griffin

Give the gift of Healthcare

If you believe access to high-quality health care is important to everyone, then please consider making a donation to the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County.  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. We also graciously accept gifts in kind. 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.
Make a Donation

Thank you to our corporate sponsors!

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

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