To provide high quality, primary and specialty healthcare, medications and health education, free-of-charge, for low-income, eligible patients in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Making Montgomery County a healthier community for all.
Integrity ◊ Respect and Service ◊ Quality ◊ Teamwork ◊ Volunteerism
Mercy Health Clinic opened on October 4, 2000 and began seeing the first patients that day in a few small exam rooms at the Up-County regional services center in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The clinic came to be through the vision and determination of members of Our Lady of Mercy Church in Potomac, Maryland. After completing a capital campaign to renovate their worship space, parishioners set out to make a lasting contribution to the community to commemorate this achievement. As a result, Mercy Health Clinic was established as a nonprofit, nonsectarian health clinic designed in the model of an all-volunteer physician free health clinic.
The clinic was founded and staffed by members of our community who volunteered their time and their talent to provide high-quality medical care for people who otherwise had no access to that essential human right. They understood that living in one of the country’s most affluent counties was no guarantee of access to healthcare for those who could not afford it and they were determined to change that reality.
The core concept that was true at our founding – that everyone deserves access to high quality healthcare – is still central to the work we do today. Mercy continues to provide primary healthcare, specialty healthcare, health education and medications free of charge to more than 2,200 patients annually who are struggling with health disparities related to poverty and suffering from long-term lack of access to healthcare. Although we are no longer an all-volunteer clinic, we rely heavily on our physician volunteers to staff our Medical Home and provide the level of care and range of expertise our patients and the surrounding community depends upon.