The Catherine McAuley MERCY Foundation provides financial resources to support Mercy Urgent Care’s important work. The MERCY Foundation, as the fundraising arm for not-for-profit Mercy Urgent Care helps:
- purchase medical equipment for the eight Mercy Urgent Care facilities (four in Buncombe County, one in Brevard, Burnsville, Columbus and Waynesville) so that the healthcare provided to patients utilizes current technology, making the care provided high quality and yet affordable;
- fund the Mercy Urgent Care Compassionate Care program which assists patients without the financial means to pay (the program covers more than half a million dollars in undercompensated care each year); and
- send relief teams and supplies internationally to communities in need.
Support the Foundation
The Catherine McAuley MERCY Foundation relies on contributions and investments as its major sources of income. Donations are gratefully accepted via cash, check and all major credit cards.
Click here to donate via our secure online system, call (828) 281-2598, or mail your gift (payable to CMMF) to P.O. Box 16367, Asheville, NC 28816. We thank you for your generosity and partnership in our work.
Humanitarian Award for International Relief
Mercy Urgent Care received national attention for its Haiti project when it received the Urgent Care Association of America’s (UCAOA) prestigious Humanitarian Award in 2016, marking only the second time the industry has given the award for dedicated philanthropy work. The Humanitarian Award recognizes substantial volunteer contributions that are medically related and have a positive impact on a national or international cause. “Mercy Urgent Care is a stellar representation of our industry with its incredible international charitable efforts over the past year – truly making the world a better, healthier place in areas that need it most,” said P. Joanne Ray, chief executive officer of UCAOA. “We are honored to award Mercy Urgent Care our second annual Humanitarian Award.”
Mercy Has a Heart for Haiti
Mercy Urgent Care’s Mercy for Haiti project began in 2010 following the deadly 7.0 magnitude earthquake that killed more than 316,000 people, and injured more than 300,000, on the island nation. Team Mercy made it their mission to provide healthcare to the people of Haiti, sending medical supplies and teams of volunteers to treat those affected by the earthquake. The project initially provided medical care to those critically injured in the earthquake, but Team Mercy has continued to work with the same physicians since 2010, going back with teams four times each year to provide treatment for prevalent illnesses, many of which are caused by malnutrition and poor living conditions. Working alongside their Haitian colleagues Team Mercy treats approximately 1,000 patients over a five-day period during a typical visit.
“The staff of Mercy Urgent Care was honored to receive the Urgent Care Association of America Humanitarian Award for our mission work,” said the Director and Founder of the international mission effort for Mercy Urgent Care, Ellen Lawson, M.D. “When the devastating earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, we felt the call to serve as emergency disaster relief because we could be the hearts, hands and feet of mercy on the ground in Haiti.” Since 2010, Mercy Urgent Care has continued missions to Haiti and has completed one to the Philippines – providing medical care, supplies, and food for those in need.
At the time of the award, Dr. Lawson said, “Pope Francis has declared this year as the Jubilee Year of Mercy, so the timing of this award has special meaning for us. The Sisters of Mercy’s commitment to service has continued, uninterrupted, for 116 years. As we serve people, whether it be locally or internationally, we strive to not only deliver good healthcare but to do so in a spirit of mercy.”
Mercy Urgent Care’s efforts in Haiti are supported by donations to the Catherine McAuley MERCY Foundation, which allow Team Mercy to continue perform this important, life-saving work.