Mercy Care Center is a collaboration of Mercy Kitchen, established 1986, and Mercy Clinic, established 1959. The center is a sponsored ministry of the Religious Order of the Sisters of Mercy. The center responds to the needs of Belize City’s poor elderly. The kitchen provides for the nutritional needs and the clinic provides for the health needs of the patrons.
The center is a non-profit organization and relies heavily on benefactors and is funded primarily through grants and donations. Mercy Kitchen serves breakfast and lunch five days a week and delivers meals to an ever growing number of homebound members. The average number of meals served each day is 95.
Mercy Clinic provides medical attention to registered patients and the programs offered to the elderly poor include out-patient services, medical care to homebound members and counseling through the Health Education Department. The clinic was recently registered as an NHI provider for south side residents in Belize City.
Becoming an NHI provider means that the clinic now offers the services of a full time doctor, Dr. Miriam Alavardo and a full time nurse. The clinic is open from 8am-12pm and the doctor does home visits in the afternoon. While being an NHI provider has enabled Mercy Clinic to extend its services to more older persons there are still short falls in the area of access to certain medications and specialized tests and treatments for older persons.
The dynamic team at the center strives daily to ensure that all the older persons at the center have their needs met. The patrons at the center look forward to the hours they spend there as they meet with friends who also serve as family. Mercy Clinic is the only clinic that exclusively serves older persons. For more information about the services offered by the Mercy Care Center / Clinic call: 223-0344