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Fifteen years of serving others

Posted: January 24, 2014 4:46 p.m.
Updated: January 27, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Former campaign chairs from left, Molly Nettles, Jim Burns, Mary Clark and Norm McAbee stand together outside the Community Medical Clinic (CMC) of Kershaw County.

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C-I (Camden, S.C.) Localife editor


The Community Medical Clinic (CMC) of Kershaw County recently celebrated its 15th year of operation. Some board members (former and current) and volunteers shared their thoughts on why the CMC is so special to Kershaw County and why they enjoy being a part of it.

Board member and former campaign chairman Mary K. Clark, when asked if fundraising for the clinic was a difficult task, responded, "If you believe in something, it’s not difficult to ask for funds. If you believe in something as strongly as I believe in this medical clinic, it’s easy to ask." She said that she is rarely turned down when asking for contributions. "People in this community are happy to help."

Clark explained that she was formerly "in education." She said in that field, "everyday you are helping someone. The people who contribute to the clinic, by donating or volunteering, they’re helping someone everyday as well … in this county, there are so many people who need help. It gives me pleasure to be a part of something like this."

Clark also stated that the clinic provides more than just medical services. "People have more than medical needs. They need food stamps and other forms of aid. We have people here who can help them or get them in touch with others who can help."

Another previous campaign chairman and board member, Harriet Heriot, described the clinic as "an obvious success story." She added, "From the small start it had at the United Way to the efficient operation we have now, it’s amazing."

Similar to Heriot’s opinion of the CMCOKC, University of South Carolina professor Stephanie Burgess called it "state of the art," saying it is among the "best models for a community medical clinic in the United States. They treat their volunteers like pure gold."

Anne Duckworth has been a CMC volunteer for 15 years and echoes Burgess’s sentiments. She’s worked at the front desk, booking appointments and receiving patients. "I love it here," she said. "Everyone’s so nice. Most of the patients are just so appreciative. And the staff is so wonderful."

Duckworth said she initially became involved with the clinic when Dr. Alice Brooks, who regularly sees patients at the clinic, came to her church. "Dr. Brooks talked about the medical clinic and it sounded like a good thing to be a part of," Duckworth said.

Volunteer, former board chair and board member Steve Van Horn said he was "attracted to the CMC because the clinic’s impact on our fellow citizens’ lives is immediate and long lasting. The clinic’s compassionate culture and top-notch medical professionals makes it easy to say, ‘I’m proud to be a part of a wonderful organization.’"

Also, Van Horn said he loves volunteering at the clinic "because it makes me feel good!"

Similar to Van Horn, Maria Lauricella, a United Way of Kershaw County employee and long time CMC volunteer, enjoys volunteering because of the reward it gives her. "I have always had health insurance," she said, "I’ve never had to worry about that. I think the clinic does a great job helping people."

Lauricella, who works in homelessness prevention and assistance, has seen firsthand the impact the clinic has had on patients. She said, "I have had clients who’ve been able to maintain housing due to the clinic helping them with their appointments and their medication. It’s all connected and the medical clinic just makes it so easy. Healthcare truly impacts everything."

Lauricella also said that the community and Kershaw County as a whole "does a good job of helping people who need it."

To donate to the CMC or to access more information about volunteer opportunities or the clinic’s services, visit


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