Our History


clinic founders
Left – Dr. Arthur Booth, Right – Dr. Charlie Davis

Founded in 2006 by Drs. Arthur Booth and Charlie Davis, Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic opened its doors to patients in the spring of 2008 with one mission: to understand and serve the health and wellness needs of the uninsured, low-income adults who live or work on Johns, Wadmalaw and James Islands.

It was a shared vision that by implementing the free clinical model of low-cost, volunteer-driven medical care, we could maintain healthier workers and create a stronger community.

Today, these dreams have come to light – over 4,000 Lowcountry patients have been served since 2008, with 350+ patients walking through the clinic doors each month. With 122 volunteer doctors, nurses and support aiding the mission of the clinic, Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic continues to expand and attract talented volunteer medical staff and assistance. Funded by the generosity of individual donors, grants from private foundations, community and religious organizations, and local fundraising efforts, the clinic has received $1.3 million given in-kind services.

Unique to our mission and vision, the clinic goals continue to be:

  • Remain the primary medical home for our patients
  • Provide free comprehensive care
  • Recruit and retain high quality volunteers

Charleston Cares. BIFMC Covers. Learn more about Patient Services, Volunteer Opportunities, and How To Donate.