As they do each year, Mercy Clinic doctors and co-workers have reached into their own wallets to help our community. This time, their “Force for Good” fundraising campaign has raised $69,000 for the MSU Care clinic at Missouri State University.
Mercy and MSU will operate the primary care clinic, which will serve local uninsured adults who are not eligible for coverage under Medicare or Medicaid. It will also provide hands-on training for students in health sciences degree programs. The clinic is set to open later this fall.
Many of its patients will transition from the Kitchen Clinic, which is closing. “We have a lot of doctors who worked with the Kitchen Clinic, so this enables them to continue those efforts,” explained Dr. Michael Nachtigal, Mercy orthopedic surgeon and Force for Good committee tri-chair. “We knew the MSU clinic still needed start-up funds, particularly for an initial supply of medication.”
In the past 12 years, Mercy Clinic’s “Force for Good” has handed out more than $1.8 million in funding to local charitable organizations. “The driving premise has always been to help ‘right a wrong’ in our community,” said Dr. David Geier, Mercy gastroenterologist and committee tri-chair. “This clinic will do that by providing health care for low-income, uninsured patients.”