Good News: Volunteers in Screven Co. helping needy patients

Good News: Volunteers in Screven Co. helping needy patients
(Source: WTOC)

SCREVEN CO., GA (WTOC) - A team of volunteers in Screven County has been helping needy patients for a decade.

Ride by Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church in Sylvania, and the van might not get your attention. The examining room inside might. The St. Camillus Health Clinic has operated this way for the last 10 years.

"I found out, later on, there'd been a betting pool around town that we wouldn't make it six months," said clinic coordinator, Charles Kimbrough. "After six months, the bet was a year."

Volunteer doctors and nurses see patients who are uninsured or underinsured; folks who might be working but can't get insurance to cover their medical needs. Twice a month, volunteer medical staff come down and Kimbrough schedules appointments and follow-ups.

"It's very rewarding, especially when I get comments from people saying, 'if it weren't for you folks, I wouldn't have any medical care at all,' Kimbrough said.

He says one constant challenge is finding more medical professionals to help shoulder the load.

"I could put them on a longer rotation. They'll get used less often and there's less chance for burnout," Kimbrough said.

Even with limits, the nonprofit foundation hopes to establish regular visits to Jenkins County, too.

"You do this because these folks need us," he said. "It's cliche, but if we weren't here, a lot of these folks wouldn't get the care they need."

If they can keep volunteers coming, they can serve the community for years to come. If you'd like to help, contact the clinic here or by telephone at 912.687.3525.

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