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Two Rivers Health Clinic adds board members
TWo Rivers Health Clinic board
Stephen Bell (from left), Hemal Patel, Sonja Scott and Jose Velasquez - photo by Photos submitted

Two Rivers Health Clinic, which provides free health care to uninsured Effingham County residents between the ages of 18 and 64, recently welcomed four new members to its board of directors.

Bonnie Dixon, board chair, expressed much appreciation for the new members and what they will bring to the board.

"Two Rivers Health Clinic will grow stronger and the community will be healthier as these four individuals join our team of volunteers,” she said.

The newcomers include:

— Stephen Bell, branch Manager of Marshland Credit Union in Rincon.

"I decided to serve on the board of Two Rivers Health Clinic because they are an institution that is needed in our community,” he said. “They have dedicated themselves to offering free, quality healthcare to the uninsured residents of Effingham County. In this endeavor, I hope to use my background and experience to help them succeed and raise funding for their continued provision."

— Hemal Patel, community volunteer

She said, "In the last twenty years of living in Effingham County, we have come to realize the immense need of additional healthcare services for the underserved. Awareness for the importance of good health is of importance as well. I feel honored to be able to help and serve our community."

— Sonja Scott, entrepreneur

"I am honored to serve on the Two Rivers Health Clinic board,” she said. “As a female facing hypertension issues, I can't imagine how frustrating it must feel when citizens cannot access personal healthcare on a consistent basis. Effingham is stronger when we are ALL healthier!"

— Jose Velasquez, pastor at Mizpah United Methodist Church

"Healthcare is very important and everyone should have access to healthcare services regardless of financial resources,” he said. “I am committed to helping TRHC reach those who have not heard that medical assistance is available."

In addition to these individuals, the TRHC Board of Directors includes:

— Vice Chair Rebecca Boston, retired Division of Family and Children’s Services director

— Secretary  Cindy Grovenstein, RN, Georgia Department of Public Health

— Treasurer Lisa Bush, Manna House executive director

— Ginny Clary, retired RN

— Fran Decker, retired physician

Amber Fordham, RN - Medbank

— Vicki Renfroe, RN, Effingham Board of Education

— Elaine Spencer, Family Connection executive director

— Joe Tallent, Effingham Health System

— Joel Tucker, pastor of Guyton Christian Church

— Faye Zeigler, retired, Effingham Board of Education

Two Rivers Health Clinic offers free medical assistance because its team of medical professionals donate 100 percent of their time and skills. These valuable volunteers include four physicians, a nurse practitioner and five registered nurses. 

For more information or to make an appointment, 912-527-4984.