Going to the doctor isn't always an affordable option - but that's where Mission of Mercy steps in.
Mission of Mercy provides free medical care and prescription medication to those who are uninsured or underinsured.
The Mission of Mercy's new building is located at the corner of Ayers Street and Baldwin Boulevard.
In December of 2016 Mission of Mercy broke ground for their new medical clinic. Two years later the clinic's new building is now open to provide better and more inclusive care to patients.
"The big goal is to restore a person's dignity. That is a part of our mission statement. Having them come to this beautiful medical center to receive their free care means the world to them. Many of them are at the ends of their ropes and cannot find any health care in the community. They either make too much or not enough," said Mission of Mercy Executive Director Sherry Bowers.
This non-profit organization has been giving back to the community for about 10 years, with mobile clinics in Flour Bluff, Sandia, Robstown and Orange Grove where they offer free medical assistance tomore than 3,000 patients in need annually.
"Our medical center is for people who are uninsured or underinsured. So as long as the patient does not have Medicare, Medicaid, insurance, or a county card, we can provide free medical care to them, and assistance withprescription medication," said Bowers.
An anonymous donor sponsored the $2.7 million two-story, 14,000-square foot building project.
"We have 8 examination rooms, 7 triage rooms, a waiting room that can hold up to 100 patients, 11 offices, and a classroom and conference room," said Bowers.
Doctors and nurses, plus non-medical volunteers, work at the clinic to help provide care for patients in Corpus Christi and beyond.
"We do not receive any government funding. It is all through individual donors, corporations, and foundations that provide money for us to operate this facility and provide the care to our patients. Without our physicians donating their time, we would not be able to do what we do," said Bower.