MCC Clinic Founder Awarded For Serving Underprivileged

Community News
Dr. Asif Qadri, Medical Director of the Muslim Community Center (MCC) Clinic, was presented with the prestigious Mary C. Jackson “Good Works, Done Well” Award on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at the Argyle Country Club, Silver Spring, Maryland.

The award was presented at a ceremony attended by Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, Council Member for Health and Human Resources George Leventhal, and several other elected officials and dignitaries who were among about 150 guests including clinic staff, community members and leaders. Steve Galen, President & CEO of the Primary Care Coalition, Montgomery County, Maryland, presented the award to Dr. Qadri.

The award takes its name from the former Deputy Director of the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County, Maryland, Inc. Mary Jackson devoted her entire professional life to developing programs to aid underprivileged and under-served children and their families. Before she died of cancer in 2002 she helped to heighten awareness of the needs of struggling families and the inadequacy of services. She herself was a single mother of four. The award recognizes individuals who demonstrate similar outstanding efforts on behalf of the under-served, underprivileged and overlooked segment of Montgomery County residents.

MCC Medical Clinic served approximately 6,000 patients in 2009. A group of 21 medical doctors, specializing in their respective specialties, take time off from their busy medical practices to volunteer time at the MCC Medical Clinic, founded by Dr. Qadri in 2003. Located in the main building of the MCC, the clinic coordinates its services with the Montgomery County Health and Human Resources Department, the Primary Care Coalition and local hospitals. It helps in reducing the pressures on emergency services provided by the local hospitals. According to an independent study, the economic value of the services provided by the MCC Medical Center exceeds $2.5 million. The MCC Medical Clinic has been cited by the Washington Post as the second largest of its kind in the nation after a similar faith based medical facility in Paulo Alto, California.

Two individuals are selected annually, one from within the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County, and the other from the community, to receive this coveted award. Each award winner receives both a cash award and an individual recognition award for his/her home or office. In addition, the name of each recipient will be added to the Mary C. Jackson “Good Works, Done Well” Endowment Fund Award plaque that hangs in the Primary Care Coalition office.