The core mission of the Muslim Community Center (MCC) is to serve the community. MCC Medical Clinic is one facet of this commitment. MCC Medical Clinic’s mission is to provide compassionate and high quality medical care to uninsured, indigent adult residents of our community regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or national origin.
In the early 1990s, Dr. Asif Qadri, a long time MCC member and former director, proposed the idea of providing basic medical care to the uninsured segment of our community. The MCC Board of Directors approved the project and ask him to spearhead the efforts of establishing a free health care center in the MCC premises.
The MCC Medical Clinic opened its door on June 14, 2003 with the commitment to provide high quality basic healthcare services to the uninsured population of age 18 and above of the community. The Muslim Community Center (MCC) provided the initial funding, clinic space, and matching funds for the grants as needed. The MCC continues to provide direct financial aid to those patients who are unable to pay for the diagnostic tests and medicines needed for their treatment.
The MCC Medical Clinic has assembled a remarkable group of volunteer physicians and staff who not only share their vision, dedication and commitment but also donate their expertise and personal funds to this noble cause. This wonderful team has transformed a humble initiative into a model which is inspiring other faith based groups to emulate. With the added enthusiasm and energy of new volunteers, the Clinic has dramatically increased its ability to deliver health care services to the uninsured.
The MCC Medical Clinic, with the help of its more than 25 Board certified volunteer and paid physicians has provided care to approximately 4,000 patients, registering nearly 13,000 encounters in 2013. These numbers are expected to reach 5,000 patients and over 14,000 patient visits by the end of 2014. The MCC Medical Clinic is truly privileged to rely upon an exemplary team of more than 50 volunteers and staff members who handle clinic’s administrative tasks, conduct community outreach, arrange healthcare education sessions, coordinate public relation affairs and other health care related activities.
The MCC Medical Clinic’s expansion and sustainability is made possible by the generous financial and technical support from the Montgomery Care and Primary Care Coalition, both part of the Montgomery County government’s initiative to provide health care to over 80,000 uninsured, low-income residents of the County. The MCC Medical Clinic has received generous grants from the Kaiser Permanente, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Healthcare Initiative Foundation, Maryland State, Montgomery County, and the Muslim Community Center.
Though, the clinic started as a free clinic, it recently implemented a small copay of $20 from the Montgomery Care eligible and $50 from all other first time patients to sustain its operations.