REMINDER!! Eat dinner at Zaxby’s on May 6 to support MERCI

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!

Enjoy dinner at Zaxby’s on May 6th from 5-8pm. Stop by to get some of the best chicken in town and support us while you enjoy a great dinner (kid’s meals are included too!) A portion of the proceeds from this evening will benefit MERCI Clinic, so please tell your family and friends to enjoy dinner out on this evening!

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Save the Date: Farewell to Dr. Heffington on May 12

MarkHeffingtonMERCI Clinic bids a fond farewell to Dr. Mark Heffington on Thursday, May 12 from 2-4pm

All volunteers, donors, patients and friends are invited to attend the MERCI Clinic for coffee, tea and desserts on this day!

Dr. Heffington has been with our family for several years and we are really going to miss him. With his last day being May 12, we want to take this opportunity to thank him for his years of service and wish him well in his retirement.

April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month

April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month. At MERCI Clinic, there are over 225 active volunteers that need to be recognized and “appreciated.” These people give of their time and talent and we, the staff and patients, value each and every one of them. While the clinic wants to publicly acknowledge and thank the many volunteers during this special month, there will be an official dinner honoring the volunteers on June 13th at the Harrison Center of Christ Episcopal Church.

On any given Clinic day, one will find volunteers –
In the front office: patient check in, medication refill window, eligibility intake, referrals and translators

In the pharmacy: pharmacists, pharmacy techs, pill counters and intake volunteers for Pharmacy Assistance Program application completion

In the Medical clinic: doctors, dentists, certified nurse midwives, physicians assistants, nurse practitioners, psychologist, nurses, certified diabetes educators, LPN’s, medical assistants, lab techs, dental hygienists, dental assistants and student nurses

On Non Clinic days –
Data entry, administrative assistants, volunteer coordinator, telephone receptionists, special project volunteers, medical records request clerk, administrators who pull and ready charts for the next clinics, another administrative volunteer who sorts all incoming reports and gets them ready for each doctor to review, still another who takes the recycles to the recycle center, a lawn service that mows the lawn and trims the bushes, students who come to do assigned projects and/or tidy the outside of the clinic, IT people, board members, Mr. Honey Do who performs building maintenance including changing the light bulbs and HVAC filters

MERCI Clinic has always been a volunteer based non-profit organization. This clinic would cease to exist if there were not volunteers at every level of service delivery. When community members have visited MERCI for a tour and information, more than once, they have commented on their amazement at the number of volunteers staffing the clinic.

The clinic is always in need of more volunteers, especially pill counters in the pharmacy, front office help and lab workers. Do you have at least four hours twice a month that you can give of your time? MERCI Clinic could certainly use you. Apply online at www.merciclinic.org by filling out a volunteer application. You’ll be glad that you did.
P.S. Join MERCI Clinic staff and volunteers at Zaxby’s on Friday, May 6th from 5-8pm when 10% of all profits received during that time period will go to MERCI Clinic.

Feeling Good – Patient Success Story “Betty & Mike”

The MERCI Clinic patients want to tell their story– stories of how the clinic helps them get through the day. Without care from the clinic, they would be without much needed medical and dental care– and life-saving medicine. With no other options, they would be forced to seek care in the emergency room or– just go without. Many can only afford to buy either food for their family or insulin for their diabetes.

Meet Betty and her husband Mike. Mike once had good job with the hospital that included excellent health insurance benefits. He and Betty raised a family and had a happy life. Then, Mike began suffering with severe depression and related mental illness. He had to stop work and of course lost his health insurance policy. He also has been diagnosed with high blood pressure and Betty has diabetes. She is a nail tech with no insurance coverage either. Mike was suicidal until he began seeing doctors at MERCI. Eventually, providers at MERCI and Port Human Services were able to get disability benefits for him. MERCI literally saved his life. They also receive free meds at MERCI and she attends the diabetes clinic that teaches good eating, cooking and drinking habits. They have been patients for five years and receive their medications through the clinic. They have a cousin who is also a patient.

Your donations make BIG differences in the lives of so many! No matter how big or small, we make sure to maximize every dollar. In fact, for every dollar donated, we provide $8.25 worth of quality health care for those in need. Please consider making a donation today; it could help save a life!

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Donate to honor your favorite doctor

Doctor’s Day is March 30

What better way to honor your favorite doctor than by making a donation to MERCI Clinic? Your donation will help our dedicated doctors and nurses provide quality health care to those in need. Our goal is to serve 3000 patients this year and we can’t do it without your help! Donations will help cover the cost of medical supplies and prescription medications. Thousands of people have already benefited from our services and hundreds of lives have been saved!

Support MERCI Clinic

Make a donation to MERCI Clinic:

1. You can complete this form and mail with a check to this address:
MERCI Clinic, Inc.
1315 Tatum Drive
New Bern, NC 28560

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2. Donations by credit card or PayPal below:
If you would like to make this gift in honor or memory of someone, or if you would like the funds to be used for a special request, please mark in the “Special Notes to Seller” section in the payment transaction section.

MERCI Clinic is a nonprofit community clinic, staffed primarily by volunteers, which provides free healthcare services for adults of Craven, Pamlico, and Jones Counties who are of limited income and without medical or dental insurance. MERCI Clinic has been recognized by the North Carolina Association of Free Clinics as one of the most successful free clinics in the state based on patient outcomes.

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Local restaurants to support MERCI

We want to give a big THANK YOU to both Zaxby’s and to Beer Army Burger Company for supporting MERCI Clinic!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!

The first event will be at Zaxby’s on May 6th from 5-8pm. Stop by to get some of the best chicken in town and support us while you enjoy a great dinner (kid’s meals are included too!) A portion of the proceeds from this evening will benefit MERCI Clinic, so please tell your family and friends to enjoy dinner out on this evening!

The second event will be ALL DAY at Beer Army Burger Company on June 2nd. Come in for lunch/dinner and enjoy delicious beer and burgers – a portion of proceeds from the restaurant and bar will come back to MERCI. Enjoy a seat at one of the outdoor tables — the weather will be perfect in June!

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March is time for MERCI Clinic to give thanks

Usually, November is the time when we focus on giving thanks. For MERCI Clinic, it falls in March when so many in our community deserve recognition.

Thank you, Dr. Ralph Redding and those included in that fledgling, yet tenacious group who, in 1996, made a vision become a reality.

Thank you to all of the physicians and dentists who regularly treat MERCI patients, whether at the clinic, in your offices or at the hospital.

Thank you to those in our community who have responded so rapidly to our call for funding help. Your generosity has been humbling. We look forward to hearing from still others.

Thank you to the many volunteers through the last 20 years for your caring, compassion and dedication even in the midst of myriad changes.

Thank you to the MERCI Staff. You work long hours with the minimum of compensation because your hearts are dedicated to the mission of MERCI Clinic – providing quality medical care to the uninsured.

Thank you to our many sponsors and grant funders who continue to support MERCI Clinic through their understanding of the mission as well.

Thank you to the patients of MERCI Clinic who have embraced the new donation policy by investing in their healthcare and the clinic.

Thank you, everyone, because you are all a part of “many hands providing compassionate care.”

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C:  Community
I:   Individuals

By Priscilla Miller, Executive Director of MERCI Clinic

MERCI to air on “All About Craven” on March 11

Please join us on March 11, 2016 on TV Channel 10 as we talk with Steve Tyson on the “All About Craven” show from 8am -8:30pm. We’ll discuss the new opportunities at MERCI and what you can do to help your friends and family in need of quality health care. We are NOT closing our doors, but we are in need of funding. There has been a dramatic increase in need for services and the cost of prescriptions has risen.  MERCI Clinic does so much to help those in need and we are proud of the success we have had over the last 20 years. We are celebrating our 20th Anniversary and looking forward to serving even more people in the years to come!

Feeling Good – Patient Success Story “James”

The MERCI Clinic patients want to tell their story– stories of how the clinic helps them get through the day. Without care from the clinic, they would be without much needed medical and dental care– and life-saving medicine. With no other options, they would be forced to seek care in the emergency room or– just go without. Many can only afford to buy either food for their family or insulin for their diabetes.

James has been a patient for three years. Also 62 years old, James has been diagnosed with diabetes and heart disease. He used to own his own business and at one point, was making financial donations to the clinic, but now works part time. He has no health insurance and does not qualify for Medicaid. James is seen in the clinic every ninety days; he receives multiple medications each month; medications without which he cannot live!

Your donations make BIG differences in the lives of so many! No matter how big or small, we make sure to maximize every dollar. In fact, for every dollar donated, we provide $8.25 worth of quality health care for those in need. Please consider making a donation today; it could help save a life!

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MERCI Clinic to remain OPEN, in need of funding

With rumors running rampant through our community about our wonderful Clinic closing its doors, I want to set the record straight. We are NOT closing our doors, but we ARE facing difficult decisions. For TWENTY years, we have been providing quality health care to those in need. Whether it is annual medical visits, assistance with chronic illnesses or providing prescriptions, MERCI Clinic has been willing and able to help. Due to an increase in need as well as a rise in the cost of basic medical supplies and generic prescriptions, we are in critical need of additional funding.

MERCI Clinic relies on donations from not only grants and foundations, but from individuals like you and me. We have been able to provide quality services on what many would consider a shoestring annual budget of $550,000. All, but one, of our providers are volunteers, so funding helps cover prescriptions, medical supplies, etc. We are proud to offer services to over 2,000 people each year who are in need of quality care for a variety of health issues.

Without care from our Clinic, people would be without much needed medical care as well as life-saving medicine. With no other options, they would be forced to seek care in the emergency room or to go without. Many can only afford to buy either food for their family or insulin for their diabetes. This should not have to be a choice; they should be able to buy both food AND medicine.

Many adults with incomes below 200% of the poverty level fall into a gap of care; their incomes are too high to get MEDICAID and too low to qualify for private health coverage. The doctors, nurses, lab techs, pharmacists and office staff who volunteer at MERCI Clinic fill this gap.

For each dollar donated to MERCI Clinic, we provide $8.25 worth of health care services to a patient. It is our goal to improve the current health status of our community. This will get active adults back to work, where they can enjoy a more productive life. Quality health care should not be a privilege for some; it should be accessible to all.

Thank you for supporting MERCI Clinic; your donation will help save lives. If you would like to make a donation, please visit our website at www.MerciClinic.org/make-a-donation or mail donation to MERCI Clinic, 1315 Tatum Drive, New Bern, NC 28560.

Sincerely,

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Priscilla Miller