In the Spring of 2003, Matthews United Methodist Church parish nurse, Gail Dokes, RN, gathered a group of diverse volunteers, along with Dr. Lou Ann McAdams, to pursue a dream of starting a free health clinic in the Matthews area. Preliminary studies determined that more than 24,000 individuals at that time were uninsured in the Matthews area and were in need of medical care. The Volunteers in Medicine Institute was contacted for help in developing the clinic. Following their timelines and protocols for development, our small clinic was able to receive tax-exempt status and open its doors in February 2004, under the direction of Lou Ann McAdams, MD, Medical Director, and Gail Dokes, RN, Executive Director. The clinic was located in a small white house at 113 N. Ames Street, Matthews, NC was able to operate rent-free for the first year thanks to a generous donation by a Matthews’ philanthropist. Starting operating costs were contributed by Matthews United Methodist Church and individual donors. Lab Corps generously provided needed laboratory testing, and most of the medical equipment was donated from other doctor offices. Radiology services were provided by Presbyterian Hospital Matthews, now Novant Health Matthews Medical Center, and Mecklenburg Radiology Associates.
MFMC primarily relies on volunteers to carry out our mission.
MFMC relies on two annual fundraisers, the spring golf tournament, and the Hearts & Hands Benefit in the fall, which is a cocktail attire dinner and live auction. These annual events are critical to our operating funds.
The Clinic also applies for numerous grants throughout the year to help with the purchase of medical equipment, medical and office supplies and to provide program support.