Manning the booth at the Dataw Volunteer Expo were a number of volunteers from the clinic. John Moses, Vice Chair of the Board along with his wife Louise; Therese Corey, RN; Sue Cheatham, RN; Al Dedel; Evan Reese, MD.
The Clinic has completed the reorganization of its staff employees and welcomes two new members. Each brings valuable experience which will enable the Clinic to continue providing outstanding free medical care for low-income, uninsured adults in Beaufort County and to help ensure that they know where the Clinic is located and how to access our services.
Carol McConn MBA RN continues to lead the patient care program as our Clinical Director. Judy M. Gough BA RN, who had been a volunteer nurse, became Assistant Clinical Director in mid-August and is now helping Ms. McConn manage the patient care program. Most recently, Ms. Gough served as Clinical Director of the OB/GYN Practice at Southern Pines Women’s Health Center in Southern Pines, NC. Prior to her service in Southern Pines, she was a surgical nurse at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC and at Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens, GA. Nursing is a second career for Judy, one which she feels she has been called to and one which she feels blessed to practice.
Our newest employee, Linda A. Bennett MA LBSW, will begin work at the Clinic later in September. Ms. Bennett has accepted the position of Outreach Director, which will allow her to be an important link between the Clinic and the community, helping to spread the word about the Clinic’s services and volunteer opportunities. Ms. Bennett has experience working in the local schools, both as a teacher and social worker, and in the Beaufort County Department of Social Services.
The Clinic Board is excited that the new staff is now in place and looks forward working with to working together with its members in the coming months.
On August 31st, Dr. Westley Byrne retired as Executive Director of the Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic. She had served the Clinic over the course of three years, first as a member of the board, and then as Operations Director and Executive Director. During her tenure, the Clinic and she accomplished a number of important milestones:
• Gained certification from the South Carolina Free Clinic Association
• Recruited a Nurse Practitioner to provide afternoon and evening clinic appointments
• Identified and hired a highly qualified individual to serve as Clinical Director
• Increased individual donations to the Clinic from $14,130 in 2013 to $51,500 in 2015
• Qualified Clinic to become a funded agency of the Low Country United Way
• Obtained federally funded professional liability coverage for the Clinic’s medical providers
Over her term of service to the Clinic, Dr. Byrne gave much more of her time and energy and care to furthering the reach of the Clinic and raising its visibility in the Beaufort community than her job description required. Dr. John Gray, Medical Director, acknowledged her contributions saying, “We are grateful for her service in many capacities at the Clinic over the years, especially her devotion to our patients and families.”
In her retirement, Dr. Byrne intends to spend much more time in her favorite capacity, that of grandmother to four grandchildren.