Spring 2018 Newsletter
Greetings with Gratitude

We are more than halfway through the Lenten season – a time for reflection as well as preparation – and I have spent a great deal of time thinking on both of these as they relate to what we do at Mercy.

In reflecting upon the last few months I must mention the importance of Congress voting to extend health center funding in February and fixing the cliff for the next two years. Thank you to everyone who called, wrote or emailed your elected officials to show your support of Mercy and the nearly 1,400 health centers and the 27 million patients served! The bipartisan budget deal included $7.8 billion in federal grant funding for the Community Health Center program. With this behind us, we can better focus on what matters most – serving those in need of quality health care in our community regardless of age, medical need or ability to pay.
 
While we certainly never lost that focus over the past few months, the uncertainty of how we are able to fund the needs of our clients does make it difficult. We now know the federal funding will be there, but Mercy cannot survive on that alone. We need support from our friends and community.
 
Because of this, we are focusing on our Angels of Mercy donor program by which friends are asked to give $100 a month for one year. This will ensure we can provide invaluable care to the more than 8,500 adults and children this year through primary care, mental health services and care coordination regardless of ability to pay. More specifically it will provide:
 
  • Approximately 6 patient visits for those in need of medical or mental health services
  • Flu shots for 60 people who cannot otherwise afford one
  • Immunizations for 5 children who need them in order to attend school
There are other ways to support Mercy as well, and that’s where preparation comes in to play!
 
This fall, Mercy will host the 40th Annual Franklin Classic . We encourage you to prepare for this event by training to run and registering (more information below), simply signing up to volunteer or sponsoring the event. Please mark your calendar and join me on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, for this exciting event!

I appreciate you and all you do for Mercy. We feel your love! As we continue to prepare our hearts and minds for Easter, may you feel the love of our Heavenly Father and be renewed by the sacrifice of his Son on the cross.

Much gratitude,

Cindy Siler, CEO
The Cliff is Fixed! Congress Passes Important Spending Package for Community Health Centers
Mercy staff members wore RED on February 6, to show the importance of fixing the health care funding cliff.

In February, Congress passed a  bipartisan spending package  that included an additional two years of funding for Community Health Centers. Additionally, the Community Health Center Fund will increase from $3.6 billion per year to $3.8 billion in 2018 and $4 billion in 2019. To learn more about this funding and other provisions included in the bill, visit the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) blog .
On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!
40th Annual Franklin Classic to be Held Sept. 3

Plans are underway for the 40th Annual Franklin Classic, which features a 10k Run, 5K Walk/Run and 1K Kids Run. Visit franklinclassic.org to register and learn more about how to participate in this Labor Day tradition.

Interested in training for the Franklin Classic? Check out these training programs offered by our friends and Race Sponsor Fleet Feet.
Spring Allergy Alert
Hear from Dr. Amy Vehec about how to keep allergies in check before turning to medication.

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The Big Payback
May 2, 2018

The Big Payback is a 24-hour, online giving day to increase philanthropy in the 40 counties served by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The goal is simple – inspire Middle Tennesseans to come together, show their pride in their community, and contribute to the life-changing work of local nonprofit organizations, including Mercy.

Mark your calendar, and watch for more information about making a donation to Mercy in support of this day of philanthropy in Middle Tennessee.

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