Mission of Mercy opening free mobile clinic here SanTan Sun News

Mission of Mercy opening free mobile clinic here

May 13th, 2018 | by SanTan Sun News
Mission of Mercy opening free mobile clinic here
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Mission of Mercy Arizona, a Phoenix-based nonprofit dedicated to providing free primary medical care and medications to those in need, is opening its seventh mobile healthcare clinic in Chandler.

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.

The new clinic is based out of Mission of Mercy Arizona’s 40-foot-long RV, which has been adapted to include patient exam rooms and a pharmacy. The mobile clinic is strategically located on the campus of Chandler First Church of the Nazarene, 301 N. Hartford St., near Arizona Avenue and Chandler Boulevard.

For now, the clinic will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of every month A bilingual appointment line is open Mondays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 480-758-8343.

“We are honored to bring our mobile healthcare clinic to Chandler to help meet the needs of underserved populations in the community,” said Paula Carvalho, executive director of Mission of Mercy Arizona. “We expect this clinic will increase its capacity and become one of our busiest locations, serving residents of the East Valley.”

She noted that Dignity Health, which operates Chandler Regional Medical Center, “has been a faithful partner to Mission of Mercy for the past 20 years by aiding MOM’s free medical program and generously providing community grants and pro bono radiology, imaging and specialty services to MOM patients.”

Paula Carvalho is the executive director of Mission of Mercy Arizona

Dignity Health’s Community Health Need Index for CRMC helped identify the location for the new mobile clinic based on two major factors: access to care and problems related to aging.

Within CRMC’s primary service area, one out of every seven residents lacks health insurance. Additionally, there are disparities experienced across members of certain racial/ethnic backgrounds, in particular with Hispanics and American Indians. One out of every three adults reported not having a regular doctor.

Problems of aging were ranked in the top five areas of concern by key informants, and several disease-specific categories were cited, including Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes.

“Our congregation at Chandler First Church of the Nazarene is committed to becoming a community church, and we are pleased to partner with MIssion of Mercy in their quest to provide quality medical care for our Chandler community,” said the Rev. Denise Burns. “We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.”

“We are very excited for the many patients that will now be able to access medical care. It is not by coincidence that Chandler First Church of the Nazarene is our new home, and they have been extremely supportive,” said Dr. Brad Smith, medical director at Mission of Mercy Arizona, adding:

“Our partnerships with Dignity Health and other healthcare leaders have also been instrumental in this expansion, which promises to bring much needed healthcare to the Southeast Valley, as well as more opportunity to heal through love and restore dignity.”  

In 2017, MOM provided 13,798 free patient visits served by 250 active volunteers, including physicians, nurses and support staff who contribute their time pro bono. The six other MOM mobile clinics are located in the communities of Phoenix, Mesa, Avondale and Maryvale.

A ribbon-cutting and blessing ceremony for the Chandler clinic was slated for May 4.

Since 1997, Mission of Mercy Arizona has been providing free healthcare and free prescription medications to the uninsured, underinsured and those “falling through the cracks” of our healthcare system.

An independent nonprofit and faith-based organization, Mission of Mercy is privately funded and receives no government subsidy, enabling it to provide access to free healthcare without prequalification processes. Information: momaz.org.

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