SJSFHC Current & Past Events
SJSFHC Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Roberta H. Pinckey, CEO of SJSFHC and Board of Directors, Providers, and Staff at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the new Administration Building (2010).
SJSFHC McClellanville Clinic Plants Community Garden
Doctors at St. James-Santee Family Health Center in McClellanville usually tell
their patients that eating right and exercising go a long way toward preventing
But when the nearest grocery store is nearly 30 miles away, getting nutrient-rich
fruits and vegetables can be difficult.
Last month, representatives from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental
Control, clinic employees and volunteers started a project aimed at bridging that
The group of about a dozen people planted vegetables and herbs indigenous to the
coastal region, creating a community garden behind the clinic. Click on the link below "Community-Garden" for more info and pictures coming soon.
SJSFHC New healthcare center opened Friday for Sampit area
Healthcare is now more accessible for residents of southern Georgetown County.
The opening of the North Santee-Sampit branch of the St. James-Santee Family Health Center took place at a ceremony Friday evening.
The guest speaker for the grand opening was Rep. Jim Clyburn who encouraged residents to use the facility “so we can keep people healthy.”
Clyburn also said he wanted to address concerns expressed by some that the facility was too expensive.
“I don’t know what dollar value you put on life. I don’t want a dollar value placed on mine,” he said.
For the past two decades, the facility has operated out of a much smaller building on Powell Road.
A portion of the former Sampit Elementary School was renovated with a $436,000 grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Capital Improvement Funds.
The 9,000 square foot facility includes 10 exam rooms, a large lab, comfortable waiting rooms, a conference room/patient education classroom, office space, and space for a future pharmacy.
The pediatric waiting room is named in honor of the late Thomas Robinson, the longest serving principal of Sampit Elementary.
He was the uncle of Michelle Obama who sent a letter marking the occasion which was read during the ceremony.
The first lady wrote she remembers “the passion” her uncle had for education.
She said she is especially proud since one of her big missions is to help improve health care for children.
“Organizations like this that are working to solve health challenges will improve lives and strengthen the community,” she wrote in the letter read by Connie Robinson Jones, the daughter of Thomas Robinson.
David Britton, vice chairman of the board of directors, said the opening of the facility is “a dream” that was years in the making.
The school district denied requests to lease the building so the health center made plans to purchase the facility.
That plan was approved by the school district, “and here we are,” Britton said.
Board Chairman Charles Johnson said the renovations would have not been possible without the federal grant.
“As you tour the facility, you will see President Obama does care,” he said.
The organization also received a grant of $188,582 from ARRA to meet the increased demand for services. These funds helped hire outreach workers, and have resulted in increasing the patient load of the health center by nearly 1,000 patients.
Roberta Pinckney, CEO for St. James-Santee Family Health Center, said the funds were desperately needed.
“Without the funds the health center would have continued to operate in its present old, outdated facility for possibly another five to eight years until enough capital could be secured through loans to replace it,” Pinckney said. “Community health centers are private non-profit community-based programs that operate with very little profit margin. Sixty percent of our patients are uninsured.”
Uninsured patients pay for services based on their ability to pay as determined by a sliding fee scale which is established using the latest federal poverty guidelines.
Pictures coming soon.
SJSFHC Black Corals Project
Family Day May 19, 2012.(Click On Logo To View Photos)
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