|By Tony Adams, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
But in the fall of 2011, the 3,260-square-foot building became a labor of love -- and for the Lord -- with Dr.
After the construction dust had settled, MercyMed of Columbus was born in
Since opening, MercyMed has handled 10,000 patient visits on a sliding payment scale, meaning some people have insurance of some sort -- including
Scarborough's dream is getting bigger, however, with MercyMed now absorbing the
There also are plans to expand MercyMed on
"Once we do that, we'll start digging the dirt. We'd like to get that (money) raised by the end of this year," said Scarborough, the primary care physician at
This is Scarborough's second project geared toward offering good medical care to the poor and needy, while also providing faith-based spiritual assistance, sometimes through the mere comfort of reassuring words. He co-founded
Though he declined to talk dollars, it's likely Scarborough could have earned significantly more in the private sector. He had offers from a couple of medical clinics in other cities before the nod went to Columbus.
With the expansion on the table, that means raising money is part of your job?
It is part of my job. But at the same time we have
What are your funding sources?
A little bit of everything. We do grants locally and statewide, and talk to churches and businesses and hospitals to try to see if they can help support us. It's not a free clinic, so we're able to bring in a lot of money through medical reimbursement, and we raise about 45 percent of our budget through medical reimbursement.
You're a non-profit, but you do cover all of your expenses?