We Offer Compassionate Care and Healing Through Love
For many of our patients, Mission of Mercy’s Mobile Health Clinic is their only source of health and dental care, or prescription medications.
- Approximately 70% of our patients have one or more chronic conditions that can have serious and life-threatening consequences if left untreated.
- According to the American Hospital Association’s Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, the national average cost of an emergency room visit is $1,349. For that amount, Mission of Mercy can see 15 patients.
- For every $1 spent on a mobile health clinic like Mission of Mercy, the return on investment to the community is $18.
Tracy M. had terrible tooth pain that led to severe, debilitating migraines. She was uninsured, unable to work for almost a year. Not having the funds to go to a private dentist, she tried to take care of the problem herself, going through nearly an entire bottle of over-the-counter tooth pain medication a day. Her pain led to trouble with her equilibrium, and she couldn’t bend over to do basic tasks around the house, including getting her daughter ready for school. The situation was so bad, that Tracy decided she could no longer care for her daughter at home. She took her daughter to her sister’s house, telling the little girl she would have to stay there until her mommy got better.
A few weeks later, she heard about Mission of Mercy’s dental care. She came to the next clinic, arriving at 2 AM to wait until the clinic opened. The dentist’s first words when he saw her were “Oh my!” Tracy had a raging infection in her mouth that prevented him from doing any extractions that day, so he gave her the medications she needed to clear up the infection and asked her to come back in 14 days. She returned, and received the dental care she so desperately needed. After her visit, she ran to the nearest public telephone to call her sister, to tell her she was ready to pick up her little girl.
She describes the feeling of relief and happiness she had at being able to stand up straight again, and to wake up each day without a raging headache. Best of all, she’s happy to be able to care for her little girl again! She has since found work as a nursing home assistant.
A hairdresser for many years, Christine had always provided for herself. But then, she went through two bouts of cancer, blood pressure that soared to well over 200, sciatica problems and finally, knees that required surgery.
With the cost of gas to drive to her job in Kensington (where she once lived), and the high cost of living, Christine couldn’t afford private health insurance. She was in a real quandary until an acquaintance told her about Mission of Mercy (M.O.M.) and M.O.M. was there for her. She received cancer screenings, medications, a cortisone shot to ease the sacroiliac pain, and an MRI for her knees.
“I felt bad about coming here; I’ve always taken care of myself,” said Christine. “If I hadn’t come here and received free high blood pressure medicine I’d probably be dead. The primary care doctors here are very thorough; they review my charts carefully and offer personal care. I’m amazed that people provide this quality of care out of the kindness of their hearts.”
“I guess I’ll have to apply for Obamacare, but I don’t know how I can afford it,” she said shaking her head.
If God hadn’t directed us to Mission of Mercy I would have gotten worse and worse,” said Kathy, a patient at M.O.M. for the past eight years who suffers from numerous health issues, including the long-lasting effects of having been shot four times in her youth. After a botched appendicitis operation that caused many other health problems, “I was retching, and couldn’t function, but my surgeon (at the time) told me I was fine.
“Dr. Sullivan listens, and uses his skills and training to recognize specifically what I needed. They also teach me how to help care for myself. If it wasn’t for Mission of Mercy taking care of people like me, we’d have no hope,” she said. Kathy still has tough days, but thanks to M.O.M., she can now care for herself and her family, as well as serve as a caretaker for a 93-year-old woman.