COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A local non-profit is helping sick kids, which is now giving a big boost from a statewide running event.
MercyMed of Columbus Inc. is just two blocks from Fox Elementary, which has had some major issues with absentees due to illnesses.
The faith-based health care organization sets up there three times a week – Monday, Wednesday, Friday – with a physicians assistant and nurse practitioner.
Part of the funds raised for next week's Run Across Georgia will go to MercyMed at Fox Elementary, to help students there get prescriptions and help with things like strep throat and head lice, without them having to leave the school.
"We wanted to put a clinic in the school...so we could address those fast, acute care, urgent care issues, so the kids could stay in school longer, get health care addressed and reduce all the barriers to accessing health care," said MercyMed director of development Billy Holbrook.
Last year, MercyMed had 14,000 patient visits at its two sites.
They call it an "amazing gift" to get help from Run Across Georgia, which has a goal of raising $150,000 total, some of that going to House of Heroes. More than 300 runners and volunteers, through that event, are raising money and awareness for these 2 non-profits.
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MercyMed of Columbus is focused on reducing barriers to health care in our area. Get more information about the organization at http://www.mercymedcolumbus.com/.