Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Proud to partner with Mercy Clinic

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Eight years ago, a group of parishioners from Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac noticed a need for more medical services for the uninsured in the upcounty. While it could have been easy to ignore a problem that was not in their back yard, this group had the vision to press forward and open Mercy Health Clinic in Germantown in 2000.

The clinic is moving to a new space in Gaithersburg, which will allow it to serve about 25 percent more of the county’s uninsured (‘‘Mercy clinic ready to move,” May 23 article).

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, part of Adventist HealthCare, is proud to have partnered with Mercy Health Clinic over the years, providing free lab and ancillary services. It is by working with groups like Mercy Health Clinic and others that Adventist HealthCare can help meet the growing demand for health-care services throughout the county.

I want to congratulate all the volunteer physicians, nurses and staff at Mercy Health Clinic who have provided the upcounty with expanded access to health care.

While there have been many people responsible for the clinic’s success, I particularly want to acknowledge four individuals who spearheaded the effort, Alvina Long, Colleen Wallace, Donna Romer and Dr. James Ronan, a former cardiologist with Washington Adventist Hospital.

I applaud the work of Mercy Clinic that is helping to strengthen and expand the county’s safety net for the uninsured.

William G. Robertson, Rockville

The writer is president and CEO of Adventist HealthCare, Inc.