ER physician who works 100 hours a week says he wouldn't have it any other way

Dr. Todd Crump
Dr. Todd Crump

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Those who know Dr. Todd Crump say Columbia's Free Medical Clinic is what it is today because of his impact.

"He's so dedicated, it pretty much makes us all want to emulate his energy and dedication," said Free Medical Clinic Board Member Rachel Vidal.

Some may call him Superman.

"Todd is definitely an inspiration to everybody," said Vidal.

But move over Clark Kent, this hero flies even more under the radar.

"I would think in his life it's like having two full-time jobs, so I honestly don't know how he's able to do it," Vidal said.

By day Crump serves as Lexington Medical Director's Emergency Room physician and by night, and any other time he gets, he's the volunteer director of the Free Medical Clinic in Columbia.

"When I first started, we were just open a couple of nights a week in the evening, but we had such an incredible need that we felt the need to expand," Crump said.

Crump started volunteering his time at the clinic back in 1997.

In 2002, he was asked to be director and has served in that role ever since.

"I really think, every day Dr. Crump makes a difference here, with the staff, with the facilities," said Free Medical Clinic Board Member Susan Black. "It's not just the interaction with the patients. It's also all of his administrative leadership he's provided, guided."

The clinic is the largest free-standing clinic in South Carolina and relies on donations and volunteers to operate. Last year they saw 14,000 patients.

"Monday's our busiest day at the clinic," Crump said. "We see at least 40 patients every Monday."

And while his dedication often means he'll work more than 100 hours a week, Superman Crump says he wouldn't have it any other way.

"You get so attached to some of these folks and you share in their life story and that's one of the greatest things about being here," Crump said.  "It's not just practicing medicine but getting to know the patients in great depth."

As a recipient of the Community Builders Award, the Michael J. Mungo Foundation awarded Crump $1,000 for The Free Medical Clinic.

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