The Who’s on the Move, BizSC, Non Profit Minute is a quick, two minute interview in support of the amazing impact that local non profits have on our communities.
Patsy Whitney, Board Chair, SC Free Clinic Association
Patsy Whitney is the Board Chair of the SC Free Clinic Association as well as the Executive Director of St. Luke’s Free Medical Clinic in Spartanburg. South Carolina’s Free Clinics are an essential part of our state’s safety-net healthcare system, providing healthcare to the state’s uninsured.
They operate through financial support from foundations, fundraisers and individual donations, and through the use of donated supplies and volunteer provider services.
Free Clinics are safety-net health care organizations that utilize a volunteer/staff model to provide a range of healthcare services which may include medical, dental, pharmacy, vision and/or behavioral health services to economically disadvantaged individuals.
Entities that otherwise meet the above definition, but charge a nominal/sliding fee to patients, may still be considered Free Clinics provided essential services are delivered regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. Free clinics limit eligibility for their services to individuals who’re uninsured, underinsured and/or have limited or no access to primary, specialty or prescription healthcare.
Free Clinics are independent, community-based non-profit organizations that rely on grants and donations from their communities for support. Clinics have a varied base of community support, which include, but are not limited to, individuals, businesses, churches, foundations and government.