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 and follow us on Facebook at

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


Black Tie Optional

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).

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, 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