Baptist Partners with Compassion Care Clinic

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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Baptist Health Systems is proud to announce its partnership with Compassion Care Clinic, a volunteer clinic located in Carthage, Miss. designed to provide medical care and Christian counseling to the uninsured community of Leake County. Support of Compassion Care Clinic has been made possible through financial contributions from Baptist employees, who operate an ongoing employee giving campaign called Carry the Mission.

Carry the Mission, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, supports dozens of community organizations each year that match the ministry and mission of Baptist. “We are delighted to support an organization whose values are so closely aligned with Baptist Health Systems,” said Wendy Polk, Baptist employee and member of Carry the Mission’s Advisory Committee. “As a local Christian healing ministry, Compassion Care Clinic is serving Leake County with healthcare services in a way that reflects the compassion of Christ.”  

Baptist’s support, along with the support of churches and individuals throughout Leake County, not only allow Compassion Care Clinic to continue to provide medical services and non-narcotic medications to its patients, but also Christian counseling, which Libby Allen, administrator and counselor at the clinic since 2003, believes is equally as important. “Since the beginning, we’ve had 1,000 or more people come to know Jesus,” said Mrs. Allen. “It’s a wonderful thing, when the bank account gets low, God always opens another door. There’s always enough.”

Dr. Lamar Thaggard founded Compassion Care Clinic in 2003 to offer free medical services and Christian outreach to those who had no insurance or could not afford medical services. Dr. Doug Perry, Vice President of Compassion Care Clinic and provider at Baptist Medical Clinic | Walnut Grove, joined Dr. Thaggard a year after its opening and, 13 years later, continues seeing patients nearly every month.

The clinic, which provides care for 30-45 patients each month, holds hours on the Baptist Medical Center Leake campus at 302 Ellis Street on the first Sunday of each month. Prior to clinic, a worship time is held for all patients and volunteers.

From its beginnings in 1911, Baptist has served Mississippi and the surrounding states as a Christian-based, non-profit comprehensive medical center.  Learn more about Baptist by visiting


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