Macon Volunteer Clinic
376 Rogers Avenue, Macon, Georgia 31204
Macon Volunteer Clinic (MVC) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 to provide health care to the working uninsured people of Macon and Bibb County. It was modeled after a clinic on Hilton Head Island that began offering free care there in the 1990's. The mission of MVC is to provide the medically underserved in Macon with excellent health care in an atmosphere of caring and compassion. We make every effort to complement the existing services offered through the clinics of the county hospital and the health department. There are no charges for the services received at the Clinic; this includes primary medical appointments, dental hygiene and restorative dental care, lab analysis, non-narcotic prescription medications, x-rays, cancer screenings, eye exams, GYN exams, dietary counseling, mental health therapy, dermatology, and outpatient surgery. The Clinic operates with many volunteers from many different professions, and we rely heavily on students, staff and faculty from Mercer, especially from the Mercer University School of Medicine.
Activities and Accomplishments
- Handles more than 5,200 patient encounters.
- Has almost 300 volunteers that consist of physicians, dentists, dieticians, medical students, administrative and who give more than 5,900 hours of their time.
- Provides around 400 dental encounters each year.
- Given around $962,000 in non-narcotic medications to patients.
- Completes around 700 labs each year.
- Handles around 300 cancer screenings.
- Provides therapy sessions for around 100 patients.
Other Service Projects Developing from This Program.
Saturday Morning Clinic:
When the clinic first opened for patient care in 2003, several of Mercer’s medical students felt it was important for them to be involved. Motivated by their altruism, pre-clinical medical students began a Saturday morning clinic, staffed exclusively by medical students and their attending physicians, This clinic has extended the hours of operation for the clinic, and given participating students opportunities to apply and expand their clinical and diagnostic skills beyond the classroom setting. Since conceiving the clinic, medical students have expanded the volunteer base by encouraging pre-medical students and resident physicians (in training) to join the effort.
Not Just For Med Students:
In addition to the students in the Medical School or pre-medical curriculum, engineering students, business students and liberal arts students have volunteered at the Clinic, performing a wide variety of services. Some have assisted in web design, others have organized the pharmacy, and others have worked to broaden the clinic's electronic medical record system. With the implementation of an electronic medical record system in the clinic came the unprecedented opportunity for pre-medical students to help the clinic both optimize and standardize its medical records.
Students should call the Volunteer Coordinator at the clinic at 478-755-1110, ext. 130, in order to learn more about the clinic opportunities and schedule training to become a volunteer.
Faculty and Staff Contacts
Patrick Roche, M.D.
Co-Founder and Volunteer Physician