Macon Volunteer Clinic
76 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 1990s. The mission of the 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; diagnostic lab and X-rays as well as many prescription medications are given to our patients once they qualify for our care. 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
- The Clinic has served more than 1,200 patients since 2003.
- Provides 750 clinic hours each year.
- Handles more than 3,000 patient visits each year.
- Has 100 volunteers—physicians, dentists, nurses, dieticians, medical students and clerical volunteers.
- Has provision of laboratory, X-ray and dental care on site.
- Handles 140 dental hygienist visits each year and 105 dental visits for pain and infection control.
- Provided 174 mammograms in 2006.
- Arranged nine free screening colonoscopies in 2006.
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.
Glaucoma Screenings and Obesity Clinic:
These same students later drafted two grant applications, one of which eventually funded glaucoma screening and a specialty "eye clinic." Another program, called our Obesity Clinic, grew out of the ideas generated in the second application.
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. 39, 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