PHOENIX (Nov. 9, 2020) – Mission of Mercy Arizona (MOM), a Phoenix-based nonprofit dedicated to providing free primary medical care and medications to those in need, will unveil its new mobile medical unit at North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix, at 9 a.m. Mon., Nov. 16, 2020.
In February 2020, one of Mission of Mercy’s mobile medical RVs – which was on site at a clinic in Maryvale – caught fire and was a total loss. Fortunately, no one was injured. The mobile unit was custom outfitted to serve as a healthcare clinic with patient exam rooms and a pharmacy on board.
In honor of the organization’s 23rd anniversary, MOM AZ is asking for donations of $23, which will directly support clinic operations via the new mobile medical unit and will assist in restocking the onboard pharmacy with essential medications to support the more than 3,000 patients that rely on MOM as their medical home.
The new unit includes three exam rooms, a pharmacy, an EKG machine, a refrigerator to house insulin, and storage for medical equipment, PPE and medications. This particular mobile unit will serve five clinic sites around the Valley, including clinics in Maryvale, Phoenix, Mesa and Chandler.
“We feel very blessed by the outpouring of community support that we received earlier this year to raise funds for a new mobile unit,” said Executive Director Paula Carvalho. “We also received generous contributions from Thunderbirds Charities and Gila River Indian Community, which helped make this custom RV possible.”
“Mission of Mercy is a champion for the health of our most vulnerable families,” said Tim Woods, president of Thunderbirds Charities. “We are proud to be a partner in the vital work they are doing in our community.”
Unlike other free or low-cost healthcare clinics, Mission of Mercy Arizona clinics have no prequalification process, which can be a barrier to care for patients and sometimes deters people from seeking medical help.
In fiscal 2020, Mission of Mercy Arizona provided approximately 15,000 free patient visits facilitated by approximately 200 active volunteers, including physicians, nurses and support staff who contribute their time pro bono. There are six mobile clinics located in the communities of Phoenix, Mesa, Avondale, Maryvale and Chandler.
An unveiling and blessing ceremony for the new mobile medical unit took place at the clinic site at North Phoenix Baptist Church at 9 a.m. on Mon., Nov. 16.