The Mercy Ministries’ Model
The Mercy Ministries’ healthcare model has evolved over the last decade to reflect its belief in the effectiveness of holistic health. TMM started as a walk-in clinic focused on access to primary medical care but is now a patient-centered medical home offering all types of healthcare services related to its “full circle of health” model.
In the book The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Body-Mind Disciplines. author Suzan Walter defines holistic health this way:
Holistic Health is actually an approach to life. Rather than focusing on illness or specific parts of the body, this ancient approach to health considers the whole person and how he or she interacts with his or her environment. It emphasizes the connection of mind, body, and spirit. The goal is to achieve maximum well-being, where everything is functioning the very best that is possible. With Holistic Health people accept responsibility for their own level of well-being, and everyday choices are used to take charge of one’s own health.
We say it like this: TMM is changing lives by providing healthcare services to chronically ill, uninsured, low-income adults in South Ga. through 3 areas of work: Transformation of Heart, Health and Home.
Transformation of the heart (spirit & mind) encompasses everything we do at The Mercy Ministries to share the love of Christ with those we serve, including pastoral care, mental health counseling and prayer.
Transformation of health (body) encompasses all the services provided at The Mercy Ministries to improve patients’ physical health including: primary medical care, medication assistance, health education, specialty referrals and dental care.
Transformation of home (mind) encompasses the courses offered through Mercy University. Mercy University currently offers two courses that are open to the community: Faith & Finances and Work Life.