MERCI Clinic appears on “All About Craven”

Special THANK YOU to Steve Tyson for hosting us on “All About Craven” last month. It was a wonderful opportunity to share our story with the community so more people know about the critical health care services we provide for patients in Craven, Pamlico and Jones Counties. Please click on video below to view the segment (you can skip to start at the 9:05 mark):

All About Craven 1/20/17 from CTV10 Community Television on Vimeo.

Welcome Beth Cooper, Executive Director

Beth CooperMERCI Clinic is pleased to welcome Beth Cooper as the new Executive Director.

Beth brings over 30 years of management experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, Beth served as Executive Director of Family Promise Metrowest, a nonprofit in Natick, MA providing shelter and transitional housing to families who are homeless.

A hearty New Englander, Beth and her husband, Ramon, moved south to North Carolina in July of 2014 -and boy was it hot! They soon fell in love with the mild winter climate, the beauty of Eastern Carolina’s diverse wildlife and the active sailing community and welcoming people of New Bern. Beth is an active member of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary New Bern Flotilla 20-04 and the Coastal Women’s Forum.

Beth is excited to be the newest member of the MERCI Clinic’s team and is eager lead the organization into its 21st year of providing free health care to the uninsured in Craven, Jones, and Pamlico Counties.

Special thank you to United Steel Workers Local 1167 Union

This week, Chris Buttitta, President of the United Steel Workers Local 1167 Union presented MERCI Clinic with a donation of $1200. The local union has been a strong supporter of MERCI Clinic and happy to continue their annual contribution. Money is collected at their end of year reception, held at The Flame, for their members. After presenting MERCI Clinic with the check, Mr. Buttitta was given a tour of the Clinic by Deb Bourne-Hammerle, Clinic Manager, and Beth Cooper, incoming Executive Director. Chris Buttitta may be familiar to some as he is also the bassist for Hot Buttered Grits! Thank you for your generosity!

MERCI hires new Executive Director

THANK YOU Priscilla Miller and WELCOME Beth Cooper!

We want to take a special opportunity to thank Priscilla Miller for her many years of service and dedication to the MERCI Clinic. On December 30, Priscilla will retire from her position as Executive Director and take some well-deserved time with family. She has been a huge asset to the success of the MERCI Clinic, weathering some difficult financial times. The Staff, Volunteers and patients will miss her tremendously, but are excited for her new ventures.

Replacing her will be Beth Cooper. Beth and her husband moved to New Bern with a keen interest in sailing. She was Executive Director of a prominent non-profit in Massachusetts and brings experience in volunteer and donor development, fundraising and event planning as well as grant writing. We are eager to kick off a new year for MERCI and with Priscilla’s help, know the transition is going to be very smooth.

Congratulations to our WINNER!!!

Congratulations to A. Machle, who is the $20,000 raffle ticket winner! MERCI Clinic just completed a raffle on a chance to win $20,000. Five hundred tickets were available, so the chance to win was 1 in 500. At $100 each, MERCI Clinic was able to raise nearly $30,000 in proceeds! “This was such a fun opportunity and a win-win for everyone who participated,” said Tom Monte, MERCI Clinic Board President. The drawing was held on Wednesday afternoon at the office of Carr Riggs & Ingram on Trent Road, New Bern.

We called Ms. Machle to let her know how thankful we are for her support of our Clinic and how happy we are to share the news of her winnings. She has never won anything in her life and is so excited to hear the news. She was delightful to speak with and we look forward to meeting with her to make everything official. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Click here to view winner announcement

Raffle ticket winner to be announced on December 15!

We will announce the winner of our $20,000 raffle on Thursday, December 15th. Tickets have been sold online, at the Clinic, and from Board Members and staff at $100 each on a chance to win $20,000. The proceeds from ticket sales will benefit MERCI Clinic as we look to provide quality health care to those who need it most in our community. Odds of winning are 1 in 500, so it’s better than the lottery!

Announcement of the winner will come nearly one month after celebrating 20 Years of MERCI at the Annual Gala, which took place on Saturday, November 19th at the NC History Center.

Support for MERCI has been tremendous and we appreciate the generosity of our community. We have big plans for 2017, so funding is critical as we look to increase our services.

There are several ways to support MERCI through time, talents and treasures; please stay up-t0-date with volunteer and event opportunities online at www.MerciClinic.org and follow us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MERCIClinic.nc.

A NIGHT in OZ; celebrating 20 years of MERCI

A Night in OzJoin us for our 20th Emerald Anniversary!

A NIGHT in OZ on Saturday, November 19th at 5:30pm

featuring entertainment by The Dickens

Cocktails, Dinner & Silent Auction
$75 per person (seating is limited)

The Emerald City Ballroom
at the North Carolina History Center

Presented by REALO DISCOUNT DRUGS & CAROLINA HOME MEDICAL

Black Tie Optional

Priscilla Miller to step down from ED position

Cilla Miller copyPriscilla Miller, executive director of MERCI Clinic, has announced she is resigning at the end of December.

Miller, who started working at MERCI Clinic 12 years ago as a volunteer and served the last five years as executive director, sent her board of directors a letter saying she needed a change.

“We are trying to fill this void,” Chairman of the Board, Tom Monte said. “We hope to have it filled by the middle of December so by January 1, the new person can hit the ground running.” Miller’s last day at the clinic is scheduled for Dec. 30, 2016. >>READ MORE

Job Opening: Executive Director

MERCI Clinic is currently accepting applications for the position of Executive Director to lead clinic operations in Eastern North Carolina. MERCI Clinic provides quality health care, limited dental care and pharmacy services to residents of Craven, Jones and Pamlico Counties with limited income. MERCI Clinic is a 501(c)3 organization.

The Executive Director represents the MERCI Clinic in the community. He/she interacts with stakeholders, sponsors, regulators, and supporting organizations with the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior. The position is responsible for fund raising (including grant writing), budget management, human resources (including staff and volunteers), program development, board development, and strategic planning execution in cooperation with the Board of Directors.

Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in relevant field
Successful grant writing and grant management experience
Successful fundraising experience
Demonstrated leadership skills
Financial management experience: budgeting, cost control, reporting, forecasting
Experience working with Board of Directors and volunteers preferred
Non-profit experience preferred
Experience in medical / health care setting preferred
Experience building successful partnerships with other community entities

Salary is commensurate with experience and education.

Anticipated starting hire date should be by mid-December 2016.

Interested individuals should submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@merciclinic.org for consideration. Deadline for submissions is 11/18/16 by 5pm. All inquiries will be held in confidence.

FREE flu clinic 10/19!

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-10-41-06-pmSpecial THANK YOU to Walgreens, who donated a generous supply of the flu vaccine for existing patients at MERCI Clinic. We will be offering a FLU CLINIC on Wednesday, October 19 between 9:30am – 12:30pm at MERCI Clinic. Walk-ins welcome, first come, first served.

The vaccine will protect patients from common flu strains plus an additional strain.

Find out more about the Walgreens initiative to improve vaccination rates among uninsured and underinsured people in the US. >>CLICK HERE

*Ask your pharmacist if the flu shot is right for you, especially if you have any egg allergies or past allergic reactions to the influenza vaccine, or have ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS).