Mercy Health Services Receives Grant

Thanks to a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, Mercy Health Services, the Franklin-based parent organization of Mercy Children’s Clinic, will be providing more services with $650,000 in funds as of November 2012. “This designation and supporting grant will fund the expansion of our mission to care for more underserved children while also adding adults to our practice,” said David Winningham, Chief Executive Officer of Mercy. “There continues to be a critical need for medical services for the underserved in Middle Tennessee and we are pleased to be able to be a part of the solution.”

Mercy has helped more than 10,000 children in 30 counties across Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama since 1999. Now they will serve Adults for the first time. “Initially, we will be providing primary care to adult patients and referring those with special needs to partners,” said Winningham. “Ultimately, we plan to offer adults an array of healthcare services as we do with children.” The grant is targeted at Medically Underserved Areas of rural Williamson, Maury, Hickman and Marshall Counties.

“We are already a regional practice that meets the needs of families in counties all around Franklin,” said Winningham. “This just further extends our reach and ability to help those in need.” Mercy Children’s Clinic will not change its mission, according to Winningham. “This in no way takes our focus away from the care we provide for children. If anything, it bolsters the relationship we can create with entire families,” he added.

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Photographs By: Mercytn.org

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