Background information regarding recent news coverage on Fox 5 about
DeKalb County Watershed, City of Chamblee and Mercy Care.

View related story on WSB-TV July 19, 2017.

• Mercy Care Chamblee, a $14 million community health center serving adults, children and seniors most of whom are uninsured, was fully funded by local donors and prepared to open February 5.

• By December 2016, we had all of our plumbing work completed based on plans DeKalb County had officially permitted. We heard new development projects were running into sewer capacity issues with DeKalb County. But, it wasn't until we heard of a development that had already been permitted and was then asked to revise its plans, that we proactively called DeKalb County on Dec. 7. At that point, we were informed we would need a new plan for sewer storage.

• We understood the sewer issues plaguing DeKalb County since 2010. So, we worked with our engineers and officials from DeKalb County and the City of Chamblee consistently between December 2016 and February 2017 on various solutions.

• On February 16, we received a call from DeKalb County officials saying they had found a solution that would not require installation of a $500,000 sewage storage tank in front of the clinic.

• Since a solution had been found, Mercy Care confirmed twice in writing to county officials it was moving forward with completing the project unless there was something else we needed to do.

• Mercy Care had the permits required by DeKalb County to open the clinic. DeKalb had turned on the water and opened access to the sewer system. So the City of Chamblee confirmed all requirements were met by issuing Mercy Care a certificate of occupancy on March 30, 2017.

• We now know the solution DeKalb County offered did not materialize, and we are working with them on a new solution that will lead to an approved sewer action plan.

Serving Atlanta since 1985

The Sisters of Mercy have a long history of healing ministry in the South. President Abraham Lincoln recognized them for their compassion and dedication to all soldiers in our Civil War. In 1880 they opened the first hospital in metro Atlanta, Atlanta Hospital, later named Saint Joseph's. In 1985 Mercy Care Services was incorporated as a non-profit and in 2001 built their current headquarters and clinic on Decatur Street in downtown Atlanta.


Fast Facts


More than $13 million dollars were raised in grants and donations in 2015.


Patient Stats

88% of Mercy Care patients are uninsured and 84% live at or below the poverty line.



Mercy Care had 48,000 total encounters in 2015 including 7,435 dental visits, 5,207 case management efforts, and 9,101 mental health visits.

Latest News & Updates

Mercy Care Chamblee Virtual Tour

Chamblee clinic now open for adults and children. Learn more.

Learn more about our Street Medicine Program

FOX 5 Interviews Mercy Care Staff for Festival of Trees

CBS 46 follows Mercy Care's Street Medicine team

Atlanta Journal Constitution, Life with Gracie: Your mental health might be impacting your physical well-being (Oct. 27, 2016)

The Georgia Bulletin, With dental drills, Mercy Care clinic extends healing, compassion (July 7, 2016)

(Feb. 17, 2016): Mercy Care Successfully Completes Capital Campaign for New Clinic in Chamblee

Mercy Care's 'Field of Light' Video

Atlanta Business Chronicle, Mercy Care plans greatly expanded health clinic in Chamblee (May 29, 2015)

Latest "Mercy Care Matters" Newsletter

2015 Annual Report

Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Invisible Epidemic: Poor and mentally ill in Georgia (Sept. 21, 2015)

Atlanta Journal Constitution, 'Street Medicine' for city's homeless (Sept. 20, 2015)