Mercy Medical Clinic, Toombs County, Georgia

This one should be filed under stuff I just don’t like.
Here in Vidalia, Georgia is a shining example on a hill top of a medical center, the Mercy Medical Clinic operating under the umbrella of the Mercy Ministries. Something bothered me, just a little nagging urge in the back of my mind as I rode around on my motorcycle looking for medical care and then I found the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of Toomb’s County magazine. This is a four color plus varnish magazine printed on heavy paper and it’s all about the best of the local stuff. On the cover was “Actions that Matter, Volunteers make our community strong, especially when they set a good example.” The story is titled “Heaven comes to earth when community helps each other. By Teri R. Williams, photos by Daphne Walker.”

Quoting from the book by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert, When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself, Pastor Clint Hutcheson, the Helps coordinator of Mercy Ministries, the Mercy Medical Clinic, The Mercy Guild, Compassionate Care Dental Clinic and Mercy Helps Ministry, espouses a religious philosophy of work, and personal responsibility. But who should decide worth? I like to think of medical care as being something fact based and executed with scientific rigor yet here I find a medical facility quoting from a bible to support it’s medical decisions. Over and over again this story relates . . .

About Art

55 years old. By training, ability and experience I am a master toolmaker. My most recent projects include designing and building a process to grind a G rotor pump shaft with four diameters and holding all four diameters within plus or minus 4 microns of nominal. This was an automated process using two centerless grinders refitted to my specifications using automatic load and unload machines plus automatic feedback gauging. I also designed and built an inspection machine to check for the presence and size of a straight knurl on a hinge pin using a vision system for non-contact gauging.
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