Fall 2018 Newsletter
Greetings with Gratitude

Even though the temperatures have not made it feel like fall, it officially began September 22! I love the changing season from the pumpkins peeking around every corner to the beginning of football, and I also enjoy seeing so many of you for back-to-school physicals.

Many of us at Mercy have gone back to school, too! Our school-based counseling program began at New Hope Academy in 2008, but we are excited to say that thanks to our donors we have been able to expand to 21 schools for the 2018-2019 year . In addition to New Hope, we are in seven Williamson County Schools, three schools in the Franklin Special School District, and 10 Marshall County Schools; and we anticipate having an even greater presence during the 2019-2020 school year. We are so very grateful to God for the opportunity to serve in all of these schools.

Our school-based counseling program provides counseling and behavioral health services where the students are, which allows parents, teachers and administrators to be actively involved in determining each student’s needs . The rise in school violence, youth suicides and bullying (among other challenges students face) has made these services critical to our mission. And just like the other services Mercy provides, we want to serve everyone regardless of ability to pay.

With this recognized need, we have decided to direct proceeds from our Prayer Dinner , which will be held on Friday, November 9 , to this program and related behavioral health services. I invite you to join us for a reception and silent auction followed by dinner, music and a short program in order to learn more about how important it is and the difference it is making in our community. More information about this event is below and on our website .

It is truly the desire and hope of Mercy's board and staff to serve this area, more specifically those who live in Hickman, Marshall, Maury and Williamson counties. If you are a patient, we thank you. If you are a donor, we thank you. If you would like to learn more about school-based counseling or any of Mercy's services, please reach out to me.

With a grateful heart,

Cindy Siler, CEO
Nearly 4,000 runners, walkers, volunteers and spectators participated in the 40th Annual Franklin Classic presented by Silver Sneakers by Tivity Health on Labor Day. We thank those who joined us, as well as our sponsors and supporters. More than $77,000 was raised for the programs and services provided by Mercy!

Thanks again for your part in making this event a success. Mark your calendars for the 41st Annual Franklin Classic, which will be held on Labor Day, September 2, 2019, and check out our recap video below!
Learn More About Mercy & the Importance of Care Coordination
Mercy’s Care Coordination Department exists to provide a continuity of care among service providers, as well as to educate, advocate for and empower patients and families to attain self-sufficiency. This department also connects families with community resources and assists in navigating various systems in order to attain the highest quality of care.

More specifically, the Care Coordination Department helps clients deal with life stressors such as navigating the health care marketplace, finding much-needed legal services and securing financial assistance. Alleviating these burdens allows patients to better focus on their medical and behavioral needs, like managing a chronic illness or counseling.

Hear below from Licensed Clinical Social Worker Abbie Nelson how important the Care Coordination Department is to other Mercy providers.
“Care Coordination is a great thing that Mercy offers so that we can maximize our services and really get the clients the best help as quickly and as effectively as possible.” – Abbie Nelson
Fall Prayer Dinner Set for Friday, Nov. 9
Event to Focus on "Bringing Mercy and Hope to Our Schools"

Kids growing up in the Digital Age face more challenges than ever before, and most will be affected in some way by bullying, depression, violence and suicide before they graduate from high school. Mercy Community Healthcare has expanded its school-based counseling program to include 21 schools in Williamson and Marshall counties, and the non-profit is focusing its fall fundraising event on raising awareness and engaging the community in proactive solutions.

Mercy’s second-annual Fall Prayer Dinner, “Bringing Mercy and Hope to Our Schools,” will be held on Friday, November 9, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Philip Catholic Church at 113 Second Avenue S. in downtown Franklin. Dr. Sharon Moore-Caldwell will serve as the emcee, and Williamson County Schools Executive Director of Secondary Schools Dr. Juli Oyer will be the featured speaker. Music will be provided by renowned artists John Agnotti and Greg Walton, and a silent auction will precede the seated dinner.

Tickets are $100 per person, or $800 for a table of eight, and are available at mercytn.org/prayerdinner . Sponsorship opportunities are available. Email marketing@mercytn.org or call 615.790.0567 x235 for more information.

Mercy Community Healthcare exists to reflect the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by providing excellent healthcare for ALL and support to their families.

Learn more at MercyTN.org.