Macon Volunteer Clinic provides free primary medical and dental care, as well as non-narcotic medication assistance, to uninsured, working adults who live in Bibb County and whose income is equal to or less than 200% of the federal poverty level. Services include, but are not limited to primary medical care; dental exams, cleanings, x-rays, restorative services, and extractions; eye exams and prescription eyeglasses; non-narcotic prescription medication assistance; GYN services; dermatology services; cancer screenings such as mammograms, PAP smears, and colonoscopies; laboratory analyses; x-rays; diagnostic services; nutrition counseling; mental health counseling; and outpatient surgery.
Many people in Bibb County must choose between paying health insurance premiums or buying food to feed their families. Macon Volunteer Clinic provides this segment of the Bibb County population an opportunity to access free healthcare by a caring and compassionate group of licensed health care professionals.
The mission of Macon Volunteer Clinic is to provide free primary medical and dental care, as well as medication assistance, to uninsured, working adult residents of Bibb County, Georgia.
The vision of Macon Volunteer Clinic is to provide the medically underserved in Bibb County, Georgia with excellent healthcare in an atmosphere of caring and compassion.
May we use the gifts that God has given to us to open our minds and hands and hearts to our brothers and sisters in need.
Retired physician Chapin Henley gathered a group of diverse volunteers together in fall 2001. They all shared a similar dream, to open a free clinic that would provide a medical home for working uninsured residents of Bibb County. Group leaders visited the Hilton Head Volunteers in Medicine Clinic and other facilities in the Southeast. The research trips confirmed their initial beliefs, that a volunteer clinic was a crucial component in closing some of the healthcare gaps facing the Bibb County community.
A generous grant from McNeil Laboratories and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded training from the Volunteers in Medicine Institute. Coliseum Health System donated a rent-free building on Rogers Avenue, and the Community Foundation of Central Georgia financed the site’s renovation. The MedCen Community Health Foundation (now Navicent Health Foundation) supported research, promotion, and fundraising efforts to help get the clinic started. The Peyton Anderson Foundation generously funded start-up costs ensuring the clinic’s first year of success.
Local businesses and individuals joined the effort and donated numerous items and services to help make the dream of opening Macon Volunteer Clinic become a reality. Volunteers spoke to civic groups and churches, as well as corporations and foundations, further increasing support. As a result of this community wide effort, Macon Volunteer Clinic was incorporated in April 2002, received its 501 (c) (3) status on October 16, 2002, and opened its doors February 18, 2003.
Since then, Macon Volunteer Clinic has provided over 60,000 patient visits and served over 3,000 unique patients.
You can read Dr. Chapin’s complete story here.
Board of Directors
Chair of the Board
Vice Chair of the Board
Stephanie Davidson, CPA
Amy Cason, RN, MBA
Ron Douthit, CPA
Samer Othman, DDS, MPH
Bobby Moody, RPH
Anita Jones, CPNP