Yancey County Receives $50,000 Grant to Support New Urgent Care Clinic in Burnsville

This week Yancey County Commissioners presented Mercy Urgent Care CEO Tim Johnson and Chief Financial Officer Leah Singleton with a check for $50,000 in grant funds received by Yancey County from the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Grant funds are made available to counties through the state's rural healthcare building reuse program. Yancey County successfully applied for and received funds to be used by Mercy Urgent Care to support the renovation of the newly opened urgent care clinic located at 41 Charlie Brown Road in Burnsville.

"The Yancey County Commissioners have been very excited and honored to help bring Mercy Urgent Care to Burnsville," said Yancey County Commission Chairman Johnny Riddle. "Our focus as a board is both to improve the health and welfare of our citizens and to grow and develop the business community. This project accomplishes both of those goals and we are pleased to have been a part of making it a reality by securing this building reuse grant from the Department of Commerce," said Riddle.

At the presentation of the grant award, Commissioner Jill Austin said, "Since opening just a few weeks ago I'm already amazed at the number of patients utilizing the healthcare services offered by the new clinic. Just this morning I've been impressed by the number of people patiently waiting to receive medical treatment in this new clinic. There is such a need for this service in Yancey County."

"We are pleased that the North Carolina Department of Commerce recognizes the value this project brings to Yancey County both in terms of job creation and improved access to excellent medical care. I look forward to the continued presence of Mercy Urgent Care in Yancey County and to further opportunities we will have in county government to collaborate with them as a partner to further improve the health and wellness of our community," stated Yancey County Manager Nathan Bennett.

"This grant is very valuable to the continuing efforts that Mercy Urgent Care is making to establish accessible healthcare in Burnsville. In partnership with Yancey County, we are excited to bring care and support to the community," said Tim Johnson, CEO of Mercy Urgent Care, who accepted the grant award from Commission Chairman Johnny Riddle.

"This new urgent care clinic will provide a better diversity of health care options and service provider choices to the citizens of Yancey County, as well as creating five new, well-paying, jobs in the health care sector in our county while attracting $399,822 in private investment," said Yancey County Economic Development Commission Director Jamie McMahan. "The ready availability of quality health care is of utmost concern to businesses seeking to locate or expand their presence in our community and Mercy Urgent Care is a very welcome addition to the healthcare industry in Yancey County," added McMahan.

Mercy Urgent Care is a non-profit health care provider that was established in 1985. The doctors, nurses and staff currently assist and help with more than 50,000 service visits each year in their clinics across the western North Carolina region, having to date served more than one million patients. In partnership with Yancey County, Mercy Urgent Care is excited to bring health care and support to the people of the community.

MercyUrgentCareGrantPresentationL-R: Commissioner Jill Austin, Commissioner Johnny Riddle, Mercy Urgent Care CEO Tim Johnson, Mercy CFO Leah Singleton, County Manager Nathan Bennett, Planning & Economic Director Jamie McMahan

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