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).

FREE Flu Clinic for MERCI patients on 9/28

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, September 28 between 2:30pm – 5:30pm at MERCI Clinic.

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).

September 24 – Benefit Concert at The Brown Pelican

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Did you know that MERCI Clinic opened 20 years ago at the current location of The Brown Pelican on Broad Street? We are thrilled to be part of this exciting event on September 24 to benefit our clinic. The legendary Rick Huff will be performing live, so you know this is going to be good!

Come out to The Brown Pelican on Saturday, September 24 and enjoy great music, food and of course, delicious drinks! There will be a raffle fundraiser as well as an opportunity to buy your ticket for a chance to win $20,000! Donations will also be accepted. Proceeds benefit the MERCI Clinic.

Introducing the MERCI Clinic “Walkie Talkies”

bridgerun-logoMERCI Clinic is happy to announce that we have a team walking in this year’s Neuse River Bridge Run. The “Walkie Talkies” are led by nurse Sherry Rose (919-623-0563) who is looking forward to a great day to help benefit 8 wonderful beneficiaries, including MERCI Clinic. It’s not too late to sign up if you’d like to join us. Early registration ends 9/15, so sign up today to get the price discount!!

REGISTER NOW!!!!

Scroll to “MERCI Clinic Walkie Talkies”. When you are prompted to enter a code, enter “Merci5” (without quotations) to get $5 off registration!

This is the 12th Annual Neuse River Bridge Run and it keeps getting better each year! Proceeds from the race benefit EIGHT local non-profit organizations who do some amazing things for our community. Sign up today to make a difference and come out to support our runners — they need your support!

RACE INFO: Saturday, October 15 starting at 6am!

Half Marathon starts at 7am; 10K starts at 7:30am; 5K starts at 8:15am

 

SAVE THE DATE! A Night in Oz!

MERCI Save the Date - JPEGJoin 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MERCI Clinic needs your help

as seen in the August 19th edition of The Sun Journal:

buildingThere are all sorts of things that define a community that you live in. In New Bern, we have many. We live in a place of great beauty, surrounded by more of nature’s bounty that you can take in; crape myrtles of every color and size, lovely gardens everywhere and not one but two magnificent rivers. In New Bern, we don’t tear down our beautiful old houses. They are painstakingly restored so that others can enjoy their beauty. Our bridges might be complicated to understand but they are astoundingly beautiful and connect us all to each other. New Bern is a town proud of its history, yet mindful that it must keep up with current times. It is a town that holds a great fascination to tourists, while at the same time maintaining its’ residents devotion.

But what you have to love most about New Bern are the people who live here.

New Bernians (I am hopeful that I did not just make up a name) are proud, caring, kind and generous people who have, throughout the years, supported many others in need. Some of them came here to retire and are working harder than they ever did before. They have faith big enough to support churches of many denominations and a Synagogue and have hearts big enough to think of others less fortunate. They have helped to welcome strangers through Interfaith Hospitality, fed and sheltered thousands of the hungry through RCS and tended to the medical needs of the working poor through MERCI Hospital. This says an awful lot about the people who live here. Places like these are not just the heart of a community, they are the soul of a community. When they fail, for any reason, we all fail.

MERCI Clinic needs our help.

For the first time in the Clinic’s 20 year history, they have had to stop accepting new patients because of a lack of money. They have also had to cut their clinic days down to two a week.

This is a free medical clinic for New Bern’s “working poor” who are without the income resources or medical insurance to pay for a doctor. These are not people who don’t work, or haven’t worked. They are people who have ongoing illnesses such as diabetes, kidney disease, high blood pressure and COPD who have incomes 200 percent below the poverty level. They make too much money to get Medicaid and too little to pay for private health care. Very often, they have to choose between food for their children and medicine for themselves. They have fallen “between the cracks”. They need MERCI to be there for them and we cannot let this wonderful and vital institution close.

MERCI Clinic needs our help and there are several ways that we can give it to them:

You can go online to www.merciclinic.org, find the get involved tab and make an online donation. While there you could also check out their wish list. I would ask the doctors and businesses in this town to please pay attention to this list. There are many ways of helping and donating; copy paper, telephone message pads, a three pronged cane, or a stethoscope (we have an awful lot of MDs in this community) would help more than you know.

They would be delighted to get a check from you, for any amount that you would like to give. Checks can be made out to MERCI Clinic and sent to:

MERCI Free Clinic, 1315 Tatum Drive, New Bern, NC 28560 | 252-633-1599

MERCI is also having a raffle for a chance to win $20,000! Tickets are $100 each and are being sold online, at the clinic, or through board members. If you would like additional information, you can call me at 252-288-5318. Buying a ticket would be a great gift or might help to pay for that roof that needs to be replaced! There are only 500 tickets available so your chances of winning are better than the lottery any day. Please remember that for every $1 you donate, MERCI can provide $8.80 in patient services.

In every community there seems to be an organization that breaks your heart; that reminds you every day of how lucky you are to have what you have, to live where you live, to be surrounded by all that you are. MERCI Clinic is that place for my husband and me and I know that it is for Dr. Ralph Redding and his wife Beverlee, the co-founders of MERCI, the hundreds of volunteers that have worked there over the past 20 years, for the staff whose every waking hour is dedicated to MERCI Clinic and for the patients who count on MERCI’s doors to be open for them.

One of MERCI’s credos is, “We believe that by helping those in need, our community becomes stronger”. So let’s show them who we are. We are the people of New Bern and we support people who through no fault of their own have fallen through the cracks, people just like us who remind us all that “there but for the grace of God go I.”

In the meantime, we do not forget the people who have given their time and money for years to MERCI. We honor you and thank you for everything that you have done including helping us out now. Thank you.

Debbie Welch, development coordinator, MERCI Clinic

Learning from our rich history

As physicians, it is an honor to get to know the patients we help. It is one of the greatest gifts we could receive. Over the years, we have heard many stories that have helped shape who we are not only as health care providers, but as friends, neighbors and contributing members of society. One of my favorite stories is from a patient who grew up in the 1960s in South Carolina. Here’s her story:

20integration.1“A good friend shared with me her initiation into integrating her school way back in South Carolina in 1968. At age sixteen, in grade ten, she attended an all-black school, but was scheduled to split her class in half for the bus ride to the all-white school three miles away. She happened to be the first student off the bus upon arrival at her new school. As she stepped to the pavement she was confronted by a blond pig-tailed girl of similar age and size. That girl spat at her and called her a dirty n____! She wheeled around with equal antagonism and grabbed the girl by the pigtail and hurled her to the ground.

Immediately there was a considerable scuffle and yelling, only to be broken up by teachers who ushered both of the fighters into the principal’s office. The parents of both students were called and they arrived shortly only to continue the war of words. When the heated discussion continued, the principal suggested and invited all four parents into the dining room for lunch. That seemed to calm the situation down considerably, and the parents with their families decided to meet together again the following Friday for supper. And that progressed to monthly meals together throughout the school year. Alternate homes were selected. Later the following spring, the two families decided to bring their harmony and friendship to the school auditorium as an example of better integration practices.”

Although we seem to have come far since the early days of the Civil Rights movement, recent tragedies have brought to light this time in our history all over again. We need to learn from our history and grow as a nation from it. Not into a nation of hate and inequality, but one of unity and strength. No one deserves to be mistrusted by verbal or physical abuse. It is my belief that we in America have reached a higher level of mistrust and tension by resorting to increased protection, arming ourselves with knives, guns and bullets!

Stories like the one from our patient seem simple, but are unique reminders that as humans, all we really want is to be happy, loved, and healthy. It is our duty as a society to help make sure that happens. Our mission at MERCI Clinic is to provide quality health care to people in need. Part of providing that care is to LISTEN to stories like this, LEARN from them and BE THE CHANGE.

Think of what our world would be like if we could all provide that level of care.

submitted by: Dr. Ralph Redding, founding partner of MERCI Clinic