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The Felician Center offers a variety of Health Programs
to assist the
residents of Williamsburg County South Caroline struggling to meet their
Eye, Dental, and Prescription Program: On Mondays,
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays interviews are conducted to determine
whether registrants qualify for the program. Local doctors provide the
needed service and local pharmacies are supported through the program.
Health Screenings: On Fridays during the Fall and
Spring semesters, the Francis Marion University students and their
instructor provide health screenings including weights, basic eye exams,
glucose testing, blood pressure and cholesterol testing.
HIV Testing: On the 2nd Friday of the month
representatives from Careteam in Conway, South Carolina, offer HIV testing.
Test results are given within 15 minutes and further consultation is
available if needed.
Mercy Medical Free Clinic: Collaboration with the Mercy
Medical Free Clinic began initial efforts to provide medical assistance to
the uninsured here in Williamsburg County. Some residents of Williamsburg
County are already accepted into the program and receive vouchers for
transportation to the clinic in Florence.
Learning Center Program: The staff and volunteers, along
with Science South in Florence coordinate their programs so that emphasis is
on maintaining a healthy life style for the students. They are learning
about their bodies and how healthy food choices can be of benefit. Healthy
snacks are interspersed with fun snacks.
A middle aged man, a Food Pantry client and volunteer for chores around the
facility had amassed a debt to a clinic for services rendered. He knew his
health was poor, but could not afford health insurance. He availed himself
to the health screenings provided by Francis Marion University students on
Fridays at the Felician Center. His blood pressure was elevated, but the
students could not do any more than inform him of this fact. Months went by
and finally Mercy Medical Free Clinic was taking applications at the
Felician Center. Staff and volunteers from Mercy Medical Free Clinic
enlisted the Sisters to assist with the applications. The man was so happy
he could apply for this service to the uninsured. One of the sisters
assisted him in completing the application and it was sent to Mercy Medical
in Florence. Within less than two weeks, he received notice that he was
approved for the program. He has to go from Kingstree to Florence for the
clinic, but Mercy Medical will provide vouchers for transportation. Now he
can receive medical assistance for his hypertension and other ailments.