Two-day event to provide free medical and eye care | Health
For the third year in a row, Columbia will be home to a two-day event that will provide free medical and eye care to people in need throughout the Midlands. SC Mission 2013 Midlands will take place on Friday, August 2nd and Saturday, August 3rd at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds. The event is designed to meet the critical health care needs of people in our community who are uninsured and underserved. Importantly, the event will also connect these patients to a medical home.
The primary services that will be offered are medical and eye care. Medical services will include urgent care, diagnosis of acute and chronic medical conditions and referrals. There will also be diagnostic education for diabetes and high blood pressure, HIV testing, mammography, physical therapy and domestic violence education. And, patients can sign up for Welvista to receive free prescription medication. Eye care includes comprehensive eye care, examinations and glasses.
SC Mission 2013 Midlands event will take place on Friday, August 2nd from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday, August 3rd from 6:00 a.m. to Noon. The event is for adults only, ages 17 and older.
“SC Mission 2013 Midlands continues the tradition started in 2011 of a collaborative effort to meet the health needs of our community’s most vulnerable citizens,” said Barbara Willm, Vice President of Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center and SC Mission 2013 Midlands Steering Committee chair. “The number of volunteers is amazing and their contributions are so impressive. All of our partners are honored to be a part of such an uplifting event for our community.”
The South Carolina State Fairgrounds parking lot will open for patients at 5:00 a.m. each morning of the event. Patients should enter through Gate 6 on Assembly Street. No one will be permitted to park in the fairgrounds parking lot overnight. Public transportation through the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (CMRTA) will also be available. For more information on schedules, routes and times, contact CMRTA at (803) 255-7085 or at www.gocmrta.com.
Patients should arrive at the State Fairgrounds prepared to be outside for part of the time they’re there. The weather will be hot. Plan accordingly, bringing water and snacks. Prescriptions will be provided when necessary, but no narcotics will be available on site.
Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Services will close when maximum capacity is reached for the event. Patients should prioritize which of the services they want to receive and should be advised that they may not be able to receive all of the services provided. Each patient will also receive a packet of information about free health services in their county. No documentation or identification is necessary to receive services.
No dental services will be offered at SC Mission 2013 Midlands. However, the South Carolina Dental Association will hold Dental Access Days (DAD) in North Charleston on Friday, August 23rd from 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 24th from 6:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. DAD will take place at the North Charleston Convention Center at 5011 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston.
Hundreds of clinicians from hospitals and health care organizations around the Midlands, including doctors, nurses, optometrists and other health care professionals will volunteer their time and talents to take care of patients during SC Mission 2013 Midlands.
Last year, SC Mission 2012 Midlands recorded more than 2,700 patient encounters over two days, with more than 1,500 clinical and non-clinical volunteers. Each patient also received education and information about free health services and resources available in their home counties. And, The Benefit Bank set up hundreds of patients with follow-up care and additional services.
There is a critical need for access to health care in South Carolina. According to statistics, more than 17 percent of South Carolinians do not have health insurance. In surveys, the inability to afford health care is rated as the most serious problem faced by residents and Lexington Counties.
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