Mercy Health Clinic (MHC) serves uninsured, low-income adult residents of Montgomery County and is committed to providing high quality medical care, health education and pharmaceuticals to eligible patients free of charge. We are a non-sectarian, non-profit, community health clinic.
Mercy Health Clinic History
Mercy Health Clinic grew out of a dream in the late 1990’s by a group of concerned members of the community. The idea of establishing a medical clinic that would serve the uninsured, low-income residents of Montgomery County had its origin in the Social Concerns Committee of Our Lady of Mercy church in Potomac, Maryland. After thorough research and analysis, the committee determined that the medical needs of many uninsured adults were not being addressed, particularly in the up-county area.
In October 1999, the first meeting was held to discuss the establishment of the clinic and all that was necessary to make the dream a reality. With significant assistance from the County and by networking with local and county organizations, the Clinic Committee was eventually able to resolve all the obstacles that stood in the way of establishing a new medical clinic.
A year later, on October 3, 2000, Mercy Health Clinic opened its door at the Upcounty Regional Service Center in Germantown, Maryland, with three exam rooms and rather limited space for the nursing and administrative staff. During the next six years, the Clinic was able to share the use of three more exam rooms with a unit of Montgomery Public Health and to achieve a slight expansion of its space for administration. By 2005 it was clear that the clinic site was no longer able to accommodate a growing patient population.
In 2006, the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services identified a suitable site in Gaithersburg, Maryland. After much planning, the new facility opened in June 2007 with nine exam rooms and is our current location.
Several years ago the Clinic expanded to include an 1,800 square foot addition to provide more functional space for eligibility screening of patients, a larger room for Lifestyle Education and Diabetes programs, and administrative offices. The expansion was completed in November 2010 and allowed for rooms in the original clinic to be converted into work stations for nurses, educators, patient navigators, a physician’s study, and a clinic kitchen for volunteer and staff use.
Much has been accomplished since the Clinic welcomed its first patient in 2000. Many thanks go to the original group of people who conceived the idea of Mercy Health Clinic and worked so hard to make it a reality, and to all those along the way who have contributed to its success and expansion.
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