FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2020
Second Mother of Mercy Free Medical Clinic Expands Accessibility to Healthcare to the Underinsured and Uninsured
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Catholic Charities Mother of Mercy Free Medical Clinic opened its second location today in Woodbridge, to operate entirely on telemedicine during the pandemic. Catholic Charities’ first clinic, in Manassas, opened just over two years ago and provided care for 761 patients at 2,466 visits in FY 2019. The Woodbridge clinic will allow Catholic Charities to serve the healthcare needs of the underinsured and uninsured, regardless of faith, throughout all of Prince William County.
“The new clinic is a powerful, visible witness to the Gospel of Life. Health care professionals volunteer their time as a labor of love and deliver life-giving, compassionate care to vulnerable men and women in our communities,” said Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Diocese of Arlington. “I am so pleased that the clinic is able to expand its reach, especially as the nation is experiencing the current public health emergency and access to standard health care services is limited. This is particularly important for those already experiencing hardship.”
Catholic Charities decided to expand to a second location given the need throughout the community and following a request by the Prince William Area Free Medical Clinic to stand up operations to replace their efforts. The Mother of Mercy Free Medical Clinic will provide appointments for annual physicals, disease management, sick visits, prenatal care, health classes, and referral to medical services, including referrals to other Catholic Charities services. The clinic will expand to offer GYN care, emergency appointments, advance illness care, dental and vision care once social distancing guidelines are eased.
“The need for free, high quality health care in our diocese is great. With this second clinic, Catholic Charities will be able to provide excellent care to serve the most vulnerable adults who come from all of Prince William County,” said Art Bennett, president and CEO of Catholic Charities. “We continue to look for new ways to expand our services and meet the needs of those throughout our communities. This new clinic is an example of those efforts, made possible by the continuing generosity of our faithful donors.”
Catholic Charities Mother of Mercy Free Medical Clinic, Woodbridge, is located at 13900 Church Hill Drive. As in Manassas, the new clinic will rely primarily on volunteer medical professionals and other volunteers to staff the clinic. It will have one full-time nurse and one part-time front office staff member. Alexandra Luevano, BSN, RN, Program Manager, Mother of Mercy Clinic in Manassas, will also direct the Woodbridge office. Medical professionals or other individuals interested in volunteering at the clinic should contact Alexandra at 703-335-2779 ext. 15 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, contact Amber Roseboom, Director of Media Relations, Catholic Diocese of Arlington, at 571-215-8731 or Amber.Roseboom@arlingtondiocese.org <mailto:Amber.Roseboom@arlingtondiocese.org> .
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington serves the poor and vulnerable who live within the 21 counties and seven cities of the Diocese of Arlington, which is led by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge. Catholic Charities provides food for the hungry, a free medical clinic for adults including prenatal care, adoption services, transformational housing for the homeless, mental health counseling, emergency financial assistance, prison ministry, workforce development, and immigration and refugee services. Catholic Charities serves all, regardless of faith. www.ccda.net <http://www.ccda.net> .