Medical City McKinney December 14, 2015

Medical City McKinney (MCM) and its medical staff donated $30,000 to three local charities – The Community Food Pantry of McKinney, the Community Health Center of McKinney and Community Lifeline.

Both MCM and its medical staff donated $5,000, for a total of $10,000, to all three charities.

“In the spirit of Christmas giving, Medical City McKinney and our medical staff are pleased to support these three deserving organizations,” said Ernest C. Lynch, III, MCM CEO.

Rashid Rahman, MD, president of the Medical City McKinney medical staff added,  “We see a number of patients that rely upon these local charities and  we are proud to support these organization that bring so much to our community."

The Community Health Clinic (CHC) provides no-cost, basic healthcare to the underserved members of McKinney and Northern Collin County.  While part-time nurse practitioners provide medical care in the day clinics, volunteer physicians, nurses, student nurses, diabetes educators, translators and office staff fulfill roles in both day clinics and the evening clinics.

“This donation allows us to continue to provide our patients with basic healthcare so that they may be able to have a better quality of life, provide for their families and contribute to the community in a positive way,” said Sarah Mitchell, Community Health Clinic board chair.

“This year, we have made more than 2,100 patient appointments with our 825 adult patients and 300 pediatric patients. We continue to grow weekly and have added an additional 75 patients since September.”

The Community Food Pantry of McKinney is a non-profit outreach program that provides food to families and individuals in need and has been a vital part of our Northern Collin County community for more than 30 years.

“Medical City McKinney has supported the Community Food Pantry since 2006, and is our largest single donor. In 2014 we spent about $32,000 purchasing food for the pantry, and in 2015 we have had to increase that spend by $6,000 to $38,000 in order to meet the community’s needs. This donation will help substantially in covering this increase,” said Carol Bodwell, director and board president of the Community Food Pantry.

Last year, the Food Pantry provided 5,847 families with groceries to prepare more than 168,470 meals. This helped feed 8,375 children. “This donation helps us keep our shelves full so that no one goes to bed hungry,” Bodwell said.

The Community Lifeline Center helps local residents manage short term crises situations to regain self-sufficiency by providing assistance for housing, utilities, medical expenses and food.

“This donation is critical to stabilizing our fund for eligible clients’ medical and related expenses,” said Brian Marques, executive director of Community Lifeline. “We are grateful for this generous contribution by the Medical City McKinney and the physicians on their medical staff because it ensures that we are able to begin the New Year with funding already in place to meet this critical client need.”