Council for the Late Honorable Senator Clementa C. Pinckney Mobile Unit Created
The Palmetto Palace establishes Mobile Council for the Late Honorable Reverend Senator Clementa C. Pinckney Mobile Unit from BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation Grant
Charleston, S.C. – The Palmetto Palace is pleased to announce that it received a $100,000 grant from the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation to increase opportunities for healthcare services by supporting the three-year operation of a mobile clinic.
The Mobile Medical Advisory Council serves as a guide to improve the program and to assure that the delivery strategies are effective and relevant with the focus on utilization of telehealth technology to deliver virtual medical services.
This project honors the late Senator Pinckney’s commitment to health equity and increasing access to health care services. His legacy is one of courageous and tireless public service aimed at increasing the quality of life for his constituents in South Carolina Senate District 45. With more than 100,000 residents, District 45 encompasses portions of six counties (Allendale, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper) in South Carolina’s Low Country.
Dr. Rick Foster, a senior executive with the South Carolina Hospital Association, agreed to serve as the interim chair of the Mobile Medical Advisory Council.
“Senator Pinckney was a truly amazing champion for the people and communities he served across the Low Country,” Foster said. “His tragic and untimely death left a major leadership void in an area of our state with major healthcare access and health status challenges. I am deeply humbled to have this opportunity to honor the memory of a great man and to help carry on his legacy of providing the health services and resources most needed by those he served. This innovative mobile health unit provides a wonderful opportunity to realize Senator Pinckney’s dream of improved health and wellbeing for all who reside in District 45.”
“We are extremely grateful for the support of the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation in helping us accomplish the vision of Late Senator Pinckney,” said Dr. Reshma Khan, Director of the ICNA Relief USA, Shifa Free Clinic and the Interim Mobile Medical Director. “This will help in providing the much needed health care to a host of underserved members of District 45 who have limited access to basic health services and have little or no ability to pay for them.”
The Mobile Unit will utilize a collaborative health care team-based approach to provide screenings, vaccinations, health checkups and health education. It will also provide dental care including oral screenings, cleanings and fluoride treatments.
The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
Council members are from (left) to (right): Dr. James McElligott, MUSC Medical Director for Telehealth; Tina Davis, Director, Outreach and Health Advocacy First Choice VIP Care PLUS; Dr. Youlanda Gibbs, Founder and Executive Director of The Palmetto Palace and Outreach Director of Pinckney Mobile Care Unit; Dr. Rick Foster, SC Hospital Association/Executive Director, Catalyst for Health; Melinda Merrell, Senior Program Director/SC Office of Rural Health; Lari Gooding, Chief Executive Officer/Allendale County Hospital; Dr. Reshma Khan, Medical Director/Shifa Free Clinic Mt. Pleasant; David B. Lail, Esq./Yarborough Applegate LLC; Michelle Everton, Patterson Dental Supply/Charleston SC Branch 743. Missing out of the photo; Matt Hiatt, IT Director/ Palmetto Care Connections; John Rama, President of Sonitrol Security Systems SC; Deborah Euland/Retired Professor College of Charleston & The Palmetto Palace Volunteer