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