Helping people thrive, not just survive.

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Vision: A healthier Kershaw County, where individuals and communities are empowered to take charge of their own health and well-being. Mission ("How to achieve the Vision"): We will provide medical care and connect resources to achieve a healthier Kershaw County.

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Susan Witkowski

Main address

PO Box 217

Camden, SC 29021 USA

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Public Health Program (E70)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Uninsured populations have been linked to worse health outcomes, higher mortality rates, and higher levels of chronic diseases. Despite the Affordable Care Act and state efforts to address gap issues without expanding Medicaid, roughly 14,000 residents of Kershaw County do not have health insurance. CMC is leading the way to better health not only in Kershaw County, but throughout South Carolina. One key lesson we've learned is that numbers are important, AND outcomes are even more important. Accountability matters. High school graduation rates matter. Proximity matters. Zip code matters. Personalized and integrative medicine matters to family safety, employers, health care providers, teachers, public safety officers, and local community leaders.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Direct Care Medical Services

CMC provides primary medical care free of charge to the uninsured and underserved population of Kershaw County. CMC also offers chiropractic services,
diabetes education, and breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings. We can also make referrals to providers who partner with us. These specialties include chiropractic care, urology, nephrology, pulmonology, dermatology, breast specialist, gastroenterology, endocrinology, cardiac surgery, pathology, radiology and emergency dental care.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Funded through a Duke Endowment
Initiative typically awarded only to
hospitals, CMC is honored to be a
trusted steward of this program.
AccessKershaw connect people
in need of medical, dental, vision and mental
healthcare with local providers and resources.
More than 7,000 people have received the care through this program.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

The Transitional Care Program is a collaboration between CMC and MUSC Kershaw. CMC nurses visit MUSC Kershaw and meet with uninsured patients before they are discharged. These residents also dont have primary healthcare providers. Patients can then fill out a CMC application and schedule a follow-up appointment. This allows patients to be connected with needed resources for recovery and reduce the likelihood of a return hospital visit.
Our transitional care program has reduced the number of uninsured patients being readmitted to KershawHealth. There has been a 25% decrease in ER visits for non-emergency purposes that can be directly attributed to the work of CMC. One ER visit for a patient without insurance usually costs more than $1600. A hospital admission can be upwards of $28,000. Its important for us to provide preventative care for those who dont have access to medical care.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

The School-Based Health Center is open to North Central High School Students during the school day. The program is like a “minute clinic,” offering enrolled students medical care with access to a CMC nurse practitioner who can diagnose minor illnesses and write prescriptions without the student having to leave campus. Most SBHC services are available during the school day at no cost to Kershaw County families. Since piloting the program in 2015, we have learned that offering healthcare access to students on campus has improved both attendance and graduation rates. Many parents have reported back to us that had it not been for SBHC; they would have had to miss work to transport a sick child home, to a primary care provider, or to urgent care, causing professional and financial consequences. The SBHC model is not only increasing seat time for students but also time at work for parents. This model proves promising outcomes for students and families.

Population(s) Served

This is an initiative led by the Duke Endowment to fund CMC’s Livewell Kershaw Coalition. Leveraging resources received from Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas, the Coalition is able to collaborate with communities that are championing health improvement work across the nation. LiveWell Kershaw Coalition members have traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Seattle, Washington to receive training in Advanced Systems of Equity and Continuous Quality Improvement. The coalition currently has 30 businesses and organizations working together collectively to achieve the goal of making Kershaw County the healthiest county in South Carolina.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of patient visits

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Direct Care Medical Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

in 2021 and 2020- Decrease in the number of visits due to the pandemic. School-Based Health Center closed. Satellites closed Visits decreased in 2018 due to a medical provider shortage

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County is a family practice medical clinic with a big mission. Our main
service is to provide free healthcare to uninsured residents of Kershaw County. We are also currently leading the charge to improve population health in Kershaw County. Our goal is to make Kershaw County the healthiest county in the state... and we can't do that alone. Our mission is only possible through our partnerships with our volunteers, local organizations, employers, donors and our providers.

*Diversify and grow revenue services to ensure the sustainability of the clinic.
*Ensure effective data management systems are implemented and used.
*Be the recognized leader in population health in Kershaw County through Community Outreach & Engagement.
*Provide client-centered holistic care to meet an individual's and family's needs
*Provide resources and knowledge to access needed health and social services
*Support activities to support healthy behaviors, including initiatives for youth.

*We have a full-time development director and have a fundraising board.
*Over a 25 year period, we have refined a model for healthcare that is a promising practice for our county and the rest of our state. Our organization understands that it is crucial to recognize all economic factors impacting our patients' lives. This means we see the whole person, not just a list of symptoms.
*We have integrated a central electronic medical record management system which allow our staff easy access to information that they need.
*We have implemented an innovative Hub and pathways database that allows for efficiently tracking and reporting outcomes for medical, social, and economic determinants.
*CMC has taken a leadership role and is educating residents on the barriers to accessing health care and maintaining well being in Kershaw County. CMC leads the charge in improving population health in Kershaw County by bringing, individuals, churches, businesses, and other community organizations together to make a difference.
*Expanded services are being offered in rural areas to include a nurse practitioner and community healthcare workers. They assist the patients who need care and resources but have no way to pay for it. We have increased access through our seven sites.

What we have accomplished-
* Only free clinic in the nation to measure outcomes with a robust database approved by the Internationally recognized improvement organization
*One of only three free clinics operating a school-based health center in the united states
*The only free clinic to receive a Duke Endowment Access Health Grant
*The first free clinic in South Carolina to use an innovative team model to streamline patient care.
*Satellite offices throughout the county that are helping reduce driving time for our most venerable clients.
*With the help of CMC, many of our patients can break the cycle of poverty. Because of complex medical and social issues, many CMC patients are reacting to their surrounding environment instead of planning for the future. Over 80% of the patients seen at the Community Medical Clinic have three or more chronic conditions, which often include diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and mental illness.
* CMC has joined the initiative 100 Million People Living Healthier Lives by 2020, and is working to include the 62,000 people living in Kershaw County.

What's Next-
Expand funding so that CMC can continue to expand medical services and mental health counseling and outreach to other areas of the county.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback



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Board of directors
as of 02/15/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Torill Nelson

Camden Family Care

Term: 2018 -

Torill Nelson, FNP

Camden Family Care

Hank Green

Cantey, Tiller, Pierce and Green

William Cox

Savage, Royall and Sheheen

Harvey Galloway


Gary Rivas, Rev.

Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church

Billie Smith

Kershaw County School District

Tommy Cooper


Susan Collier


Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/15/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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Sexual orientation
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