Mercy Care

United States

Shortly after the Civil War, four pioneering Sisters of Mercy came from Savannah and established Saint Joseph’s Hospital. When Saint Joseph’s relocated to the suburbs a century later, volunteer physicians, nurses and other hospital staff took to the streets of downtown Atlanta and used their healing skills to serve homeless people in soup kitchens and shelters. In this compassionate and inspiring mission were the seeds of today's Mercy Care. In 1985, government funding supported a "Mercy Mobile Health Program" for homeless persons. Today, Mercy Care is a medical home to thousands of Atlanta's most vulnerable residents who need primary medical care and behavioral health services. We also provide dental and vision care, psychiatry for adults and children, HIV testing and treatment, radiology, pastoral care and health education. As a Healthcare for the Homeless provider, we provide case management and help with housing as well as Street Medicine and Recuperative Care for those with no home in which to recuperate after being discharged from the hospital.