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Carroll County Times
Carroll County

Mission of Mercy

PRESS RELEASE

DATE: May 23, 2013

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CONTACT: Jennifer Charlton, Executive Director, 301/682-5683, ext. 202,

MISSION OF MERCY

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CELEBRATES

"UNITING TO HEAL THROUGH HOPE, HEALING

& RESTORING DIGNITY"

AT ANNUAL COMMUNITY BREAKFAST

Over 150 community and business leaders, medical professionals, volunteers and patients came together in support of

Mission of Mercy's Annual Community Fundraising Breakfast

,

"Uniting to Heal".

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This year's event was held on May 9, 2013 at the FSK Holiday Inn Conference Center, Frederick, Maryland. Opening and closing remarks were presented by Tom Kleinhanzl, President & CEO of Frederick Memorial Hospital. According to Mr. Kleinhanzl, "health care reform is posing significant challenges for hospitals nation-wide. Providing care to our citizens require the creation of new delivery models that are accountable for the health and well being of entire communities. FMH has forged strong relationships with several community organizations including the Mission of Mercy, the Frederick County Health Department, the Frederick County Health Care Coalition, and the Mental Health Association. The Frederick Regional Health System will continue to partner with these and other grass root organizations to ensure that at-risk populations are given equal access to the care that they need, regardless of their ability to pay."

According to Jennifer Charlton, Executive Director of Mission of Mercy, "Our organization, as a medical home for our patients, continues to be part of the solution in service delivery for the overall health system. Through our community partners, volunteers and small but mighty staff, our patients receive compassionate care that is in keeping with our mission to restore dignity and provide healing through Love."

The program also featured an inspiring audio/visual presentation, "Hope, Healing & Dignity Restored", together with patient and volunteer testimonials. Also highlighted at the event was Rowena Harris' story about her husband Robert, now in remission from cancer, who had been saved through health care and treatments, made available by Mission of Mercy in collaboration with Frederick Memorial Hospital.

Founded in 1994, Mission of Mercy is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to restore dignity and "healing through Love" by providing free healthcare and medications at its mobile facilities. The Frederick office manages clinics in Maryland and Pennsylvania. With the support of approximately 275 volunteer medical professionals and lay people, Mission of Mercy has served over 28,000 patients with over 166,000 visits to their clinics. In addition, the Maryland/Pennsylvania program has dispensed over 358,000 free prescription medications. Mission of Mercy is not a recipient of government funding and relies solely on donations from private sector civic organizations, corporations, foundations and individuals for its charitable services. For more information,

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PHOTO CAPTION:

From left are Jennifer Charlton, Executive Director, Mission of Mercy; Robert Harris, Mission of Mercy Patient; Rowena Harris, Mission of Mercy Patient; Dr. Gianna Sullivan, Foundress, Mission of Mercy;

Tom Kleinhanzl, President & CEO, Frederick Memorial Hospital; Dr. Mike Sullivan, Chief Medical Director, Mission of Mercy; Dean Baldwin, RN, Volunteer Nurse, Mission of Mercy; Dr. Larry Romane, Volunteer Doctor, Mission of Mercy.

22 South Market Street, Suite 6D, Frederick, Maryland 21701

301/682-LOVE (5683); http://www.aMissionoMercy.org


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