Free health clinic needs volunteer doctors, nurses

The Sumpter Free Health Clinic in Berkeley County needs doctors and nurses to volunteer to treat uninsured patients.

A free health clinic in rural Berkeley County is so overwhelmed with uninsured patients that it needs more volunteer doctors and nurses to donate their time. The Sumpter Free Health Clinic in St. Stephen is open only on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It serves about 3,000 patients a year.

The patients who qualify for services at the Sumpter Free Health Clinic are not insured by private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. An estimated 730,000 South Carolinians and about 30,000 Berkeley County residents have no health insurance, according to 2013 U.S. Census data.

The clinic is open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday. It’s located at 1083 Highway 35 in St. Stephen, about an hour from downtown Charleston.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, call or email Libba Carroll at 907-4023 or ecarr267@aol.com.

Reach Lauren Sausser at 937-5598.