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Ten People Who Make the World a Better Place: AARP The Magazine Announces the Winners of its 2007 Impact Awards

Robert De Niro, Vermont Governor Jim Douglas, David Hyde Pierce Among the Honorees

Jack McConnell, MD—Health Provider for Low-Income Patients
A renowned physician and researcher, Jack McConnell proved to be a terrible retiree. McConnell, whose achievements include directing the development of the tuberculosis tine test, Tylenol tablets and MRI technology, noticed that a number of low-income residents in Hilton Head, S.C. had no health care. So he started a free medical clinic to serve them, enticing recently retired physicians and nurses back to work to help out. Now, the Volunteers in Medicine Institute is using McConnell’s model to build free clinics nationwide, with 50 clinics up and running so far.

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