Reflections as our 20th Anniversary Approaches

Mercy Health Clinic began serving the uninsured poor of Montgomery County on October 3, 2000.  On that first day, the clinic saw its first four patients, served by three volunteers and one paid employee.  Starting that October, the Clinic, operating in a county owned facility, served the Germantown community two days a week (Tuesday and Thursday) and began to build its patient base and its volunteer base.  That first month the clinic was in operation for nine days and saw 101 patients.  Volunteers worked two three-hour shifts each day from 2 pm to 8 pm.  According to data collected for that first month, these patients were served by eight doctors, ten nurses, and 28 other support staff (technicians, registrars, translators, etc.), all volunteers.  In the nineteen years since those opening days, the clinic has seen thousands of patients served by hundreds of medical providers and support staff.  Today, Mercy Health Clinic continues serving 2,000 patients a year through over 7,200 visits, with a small medical staff supported by 45 volunteer physicians and more than 100  volunteers including nurses, medical assistants, scribes, and translators, and those who provide much needed administrative assistance to patients.

Your support continues to make it possible for so many patients to receive the health care they need to take care of themselves and their families! We are grateful for you!

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