MercyMed of Columbus

Proclaiming Christ and demonstrating His love through healthcare for the underserved

Columbus, GA   |  http://www.mercymedcolumbus.com

Mission

MercyMed of Columbus exists to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and to demonstrate His love by providing affordable, quality healthcare for the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of the underserved.

Ruling year info

2011

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Grant Scarborough

Main address

3702 2nd Ave

Columbus, GA 31904 USA

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EIN

27-5011913

NTEE code info

Community Health Systems (E21)

Health Treatment Facilities (Primarily Outpatient) (E30)

Ambulatory Health Center, Community Clinic (E32)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

MercyMed is a healthcare center that provides affordable quality care to meet the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of the uninsured and underinsured in the communities we serve. Most of our patients live in Muscogee County, Georgia – where 1 in 5 residents live in poverty and 15% are uninsured. Low incomes and limited health insurance coverage force many in our community to forego necessary care. In 2019, 49% of Muscogee County adults reported they had problems or delays accessing the healthcare they needed, while 70% of adults earning very low incomes could not access care (Piedmont Columbus Regional, 2019). Poverty and limited healthcare access in our community have contributed to poor health outcomes. Muscogee County ranks 122nd of 159 Georgia counties in overall health outcomes (RWJF, 2020) and trails far behind the Healthy People objectives for many infectious and chronic conditions, including heart disease, cancers, diabetes, and stroke (2015 Muscogee County CHNA).

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

MercyMed of Columbus

MercyMed operates two full-time healthcare centers, a school-based health center in an under-resourced school, and a clinic in Highland Terrace, an affordable housing community for adults ages 55+. We offer essential healthcare services for the uninsured and the underinsured. Our services include primary care, dentistry, physical therapy, counseling, and more.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People with diseases and illnesses

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Chronically ill people, Economically disadvantaged people

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MercyMed of Columbus

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of patient visits

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Chronically ill people, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

MercyMed of Columbus

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteer health care providers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Chronically ill people, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

MercyMed of Columbus

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

MercyMed aims to accomplish two primary goals:

1. To proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and demonstrate His love through the healthcare we provide.
2. To improve the health of the uninsured and underinsured living in the communities we serve.

MercyMed achieves its goals by delivering quality healthcare services to uninsured children and adults on a sliding fee scale. We also accept all public insurance plans, including Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. By reducing the primary barrier to care – cost – we ensure that everyone in our community can afford to care for their health.

Our healthcare services include:

1. Primary care, which is the heart of our medical mission. Primary care is delivered at our two main clinics, as well as at an elementary school-based health center and an affordable housing community for adults over age 55.

2. MercyMed Wellness is an integrative strategy to help our patients stay healthy and prevent future health issues. MercyMed Wellness includes clinic-based health education, physical therapy, dietetics, and a micro-farm. Our micro-farm provides fresh fruits and vegetables to patients and the broader community. Fresh food is sold at a discounted rate and SNAP recipients can double their benefits when shopping at the farm. In partnership with a local restaurant, MercyMed also uses the farm crops to provide medically tailored, prepared meals for patients whose health conditions could be improved through a proper diet.

3. Specialty care services, including cardiology, gynecology, dentistry, vision, ultrasounds, x-rays, and orthopedics.

4. Counseling services, which allow us to care for patients’ emotional and spiritual needs. MercyMed provides Christ-focused individual, marriage, and family counseling, addiction counseling, a mental health support group, and a bipolar support group.

5. Dentistry, including extractions, fillings, hygiene, tooth replacement, and preventive care.

6. Prescription Assistance Program. Many of our patients cannot afford their prescription medications. We have volunteers who help our patients locate medications at a reduced cost or help find free drugs from pharmaceutical companies.

MercyMed has 32 full-time employees, 14 part-time employees, and 36 volunteers who are dedicated to ensuring everyone in our community can afford to care for their health. Our staff and volunteers are comprised of a wide range of clinical providers (e.g., medical doctors, dentists, physical therapists) and support staff (e.g., receptionists, operational staff) that have extensive experience providing and supporting high-quality healthcare. MercyMed delivers care in two full-time health clinics that are open to the public and two part-time clinics – one that is open to students at a local elementary school, and one that is embedded in an affordable housing community for adults 55 and older.

Financially, our operations are sustained through a variety of sources. We receive many generous donations from individuals, churches, business, and foundations, which cover approximately 55% of our costs. Our Chief Development Officer works diligently to identify new funding sources and maintain relationships with previous donors. His work allows us to continue to diversify our donor base, ensuring long-term sustainability. The remaining 45% of our costs is covered by revenue generated from patient and insurance payments. This revenue mix ensures that we will be able to provide discounted healthcare services to patients well into the future.

MercyMed has offered primary care services to address the desperate need for quality, affordable healthcare in our community since 2012. Over the past 9 years, we have provided more than 125,000 healthcare visits and have grown from a small team of 3 to a dedicated 82-person (including volunteers) organization. Due to the tremendous need for affordable healthcare, MercyMed quickly outgrew its first building, prompting us to open a second full-time clinic location in 2014 and to expand the headquarter building from 3,000 square feet to a 9,000 square feet health center.

Over the next several years, we plan to accomplish the following so that we can continue to meet the healthcare needs of the communities we serve:

• Hire a full-time dentist so that we can provide emergency and preventive dental services 5 days a week.
• Offer well-being checks and primary care services at Highland Terrace, an affordable housing apartment community for adults 55+.
• Add podiatry to our list of specialty services.
• Expand the size of the headquarter office for the healthcare center to include more clinical space, more services for wellness, and a pharmacy.
• Become a federally qualified health center look-alike clinic.

Financials

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Operations

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MercyMed of Columbus

Board of directors
as of 3/2/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Bob Gilson

Industrial Metal Fabricators


Board co-chair

Justin Krieg

Historic Columbus

Teddie Ussery

Family Office Matters

Scott Hill

Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital

John Gay

State Farm (retired)

Sally Walden

Community Philanthropist

Forbes Foster

Accounting Professional

Skip Perkins

Ron Blue

Ramona Loudermilk

RN (retired)

Carrie Strickland

Truth Spring, Inc

Dr. Jimmy Brooks

West Georgia Eye Care Center

Rev. Derrick Shields

Christ Community Church

Jimmy Blanton

Columbus Baptist Association

Lev Norman

Robinson Grimes, Retired

Champ Baker, Jr.

Orthopedic Surgeon, Retired

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/1/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data