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Hilton Head Volunteers in Medicine clinic back after hurricane

VIM after Hurricane Matthew

Volunteers in Medicine Executive director Raymond L. Cox talks about Hurricane Matthew's effects on the clinic at its Hilton Head location on Oct. 18, 2016.
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Volunteers in Medicine Executive director Raymond L. Cox talks about Hurricane Matthew's effects on the clinic at its Hilton Head location on Oct. 18, 2016.

The Volunteers in Medicine Clinic on Hilton Head Island reopened its doors Tuesday and had a full house of patients and doctors.

But the nonprofit that offers free medical care for uninsured or underinsured residents and workers of Hilton Head faces unexpected expenses due to Hurricane Matthew.

Trees on roofs and flooding in buildings will cost the clinic about $20,000, executive director Raymond L. Cox said.

“It will be close to $10,000 just to get the trees removed,” he said.

VIM sent out an email Monday showing the damage and seeking donations through its website.

“All in all, we were actually pretty fortunate,” Cox said. “And we’ve had such great support from our volunteers and the community.”

He singled out state Rep. Jeff Bradley and Town of Hilton Head Island manager Steve Riley, the Hilton Head Presbyterian Church, the retired doctors and health care professionals who work at the clinic, the Latino community and Burke’s Pharmacy for helping the clinic in Northridge continue to serve as a community safety net.

“Many, many more people have reached out to help,” Cox said.

David Lauderdale: 843-706-8115, @ThatsLauderdale

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