Miriam Medical Clinics

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is home to six major health science research centers, several teaching universities, including five medical schools three schools of pharmacy, and several other healthcare disciplines, including nursing, physicians assistants and podiatry. Among the 10 most populous U.S. cities, Philadelphia has the highest unemployment and poverty rates. This factors serves as barrier to equitable health care in Philadelphia.

Those without healthcare access or limited financial resources use area emergency rooms as primary care facilities. This serves to further increase the cost and diminish the quality of healthcare.

Miriam Medical Clinics (MMC) was started in Philadelphia to address these needs by providing holistic, comprehensive and compassionate healthcare. Because of our central location in Philadelphia near the major health facilities Miriam will also serve as a teaching site for the various medical training institutions.

As of December 2012, Miriam Medical Clinics (MMC) was incorporated with the objective to provide health care to the underserved and many who may feel ‘undeserving’ within the Philadelphia Metropolitan area. Historically, MMC began as a vision of Dr. Cornelius Pitts, Patricia Imms, Dr.’s. Michael Johnson and Sandra Johnson. These principal parties have sought to serve the poor of Philadelphia metropolitan area based upon the passion of their faith and the desire to have a practical impact as an outgrowth of that passion.

Medical care is one practical, objectively measurable impact. To date, they have accomplished the recruitment of several volunteers from a variety of medical and paramedical professions. These volunteers have provided services principally in homeless shelters, gaining the exposure necessary to understand a very under-served population. MMC is currently underwritten by personal donations from the principals, and monetary gifts from World Gospel Mission Inc. of Marion Indiana.

MMC will provide services to its clients and patients without regard to any religious, social stratification or man-made classification, in accordance with Christ’s expectations that we are sent to be a light to the world (Matthew 5:16).

MMC will make no compromise of its Christian doctrine in order to obtain funding or other resources as this will ultimately erode not only the ‘who’ we are but ultimately the ‘what’ we do and ‘why’ we do it.

  • We are ambassadors for Christ
  • We minister in His name with His love
  • We do it to glorify the Father through the Son

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Those Peculiar Johnsons Go To Jail

We have been in prison from the middle of last year and even as the New Year has begun. To tell you the truth, we have been in and out of prison and we plan to buy guns. Yes indeed, these are peculiarly new things.

Out of Narazeth What a blessing to go to prison and then, to leave again. Our visits to the prisons have allowed us and the men of our home church Tasker Street Missionary Baptist Church in Philadelphia, to visit several men in Graterford Prison. It is a high security prison and the most of the men we visited have had not a single visitor for over 20-25 years. We plan to keep at it and we plan to buy guns! Lots of guns, if you can believe that!

This zeal for guns has come from our very joyous and informative symposium with 100 plus attendees on Prison Re-entry at our home church, on October 27, 2012. The symposium included a panel of Church, Christian charities, government and other civic minded organizations. The day was filled with people who wanted to know how they could better know and serve those who were incarcerated and their families. Our prison visits are becoming a habit, and we will soon involve the church youth group and women of the church. Again our plan is to buy guns! We want to buy guns and get them off the streets of Philadelphia. We have established a specific account for this purpose. Please give to the Out Of Nazareth Ministry so we can help those behind the walls and their families. We will raise at least $50,000 with your help to buy guns and trade them in for food and other purchase vouchers.

Dr Johnson’s Surprise 60th Birthday

Time flies when you are having fun! My family and friends gave me an incredibly rich experience with a surprise 60th Birthday Party this past December. Alicia our youngest granddaughter, looks on to see if I can blow out these candles myself.

Work in Kenya

Our work in Kenya continues, though Kay has not been able to travel because of her illness and is awaiting clearance from her pulmonologist. However, we still support the education and health care, and food for The Least of These. Children still need milk and for those with HIV goats milk is best.

New Clinic in Philadelphia

Within a week from our return we were already overseeing the startup of a new clinic in North Philadelphia for the under or uninsured. We are still in the negotiating stages which includes licensing and inspection, as well as interviewing and hiring new staff and finding the resources to pay for salaries, equipment and supplies. We have also had some renovations to the building and have enlisted the help of several community members to help us. One of the most important is installing a toilet that is accessible to handicapped. We will need to meet all of the government inspection and requirements for access and safety.

 

One of the most important is installing a toilet that is accessible to handicappe

By comparison of course, this compares quite favorably to our toilet in Haiti

Honorary Doctorates

President David Black; Arthur Hill Interim Chair Board of Trustees, Dr. Christopher Hall, Chancellor Eastern University, Dean Palmer Theological Seminary

As of 2012, we have decided to do something in our spare time. We graduated with honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree, Honoris Causa from Eastern University. We also gave the commencement speech which served as an opportunity to share what God has been doing in our lives in family and ministry.

Port Au Prince Outreach

This man has an obstructing duodenal ulcer which will not allow food to pass beyond his stomach. He is slowly starving.

First we started with a medical and evangelistic outreach trip to Haiti. We were a contingency of over 17, including doctors, dentists, preachers and support staff. This trip was sponsored by Saint Paul’s Baptist Church of West Chester Pennsylvania.

We were blessed to be able to minister to over 460 people, including 60 orphans in Port Au Prince and 400 people in Port Au Paix both times under less than ideal clinical settings. We treated everything to severe Tinea Capitis, Obstructed Duodenal Ulcer, obstructed bladder with suprapubic catheter insertion disease with malnutrition and Dental Abscesses with Facial Cellulitis. All of these would require intense medical and even surgical therapy. We had 7 days only. We traveled, slept and relieved ourselves in less than ideal conditions, but a lot of people smiled!

 

This woman has a severe infection of her tooth, which has caused her entire face to swell. She could barely swallow the medicines we gave her.

This little girl has a severe fungal infection of her scalp, which has become secondarily infected with bacteria. She will likely lose much of her hair.

 

My office was open ‘air conditioned’ allowing dust to blow through the sheets.

Our team had a husband and wife dental team. Al said; “I will definitely take my assistant home.”

 

We traveled to our clinic site in this ‘bus’ Notice the ‘emergency brake’ stuck under the rear tire.

Elijah allowed me to first assist him in some minor surgical procedures in our ‘operating room’. The sheets kept the dust out!

Deny Him

He knew that I would deny Him
Refuse to even acknowledge His name
Yet He loved and even embraced me
Though I held Him in contemptuous shame
When asked ‘do you know Jesus?’

I held my tongue, silent, in fear
Who would notice or care that I claimed Him
Though He named me as precious and dear
Now I question, I wonder, I fret

Why did I hold Him in such awful reproach?
Then He holds His scarred hands towards me
He bids me come near and approach
Oh the wonder of such love that embraces

Despite my refusal, my pride, and self interest
The Christ bids me, He even does beg me
Come close; lay my head on His breast
So even though I deny that I know Him

He will never deny whom He calls
He picks me up no matter how filthy
I am when I stumble and fall
Come unto me all you are burden and heavy laden

And I will give you rest
Take My load, I’ve done the hard work
I have already passed the test

Matthew 11:28

Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Band Aid on His Cancer

I put a band aid on his cancers
I fed his hunger with a pill
I ignored the circumstances
That had really made him ill

I looked deep in my black bag
Stethoscope and BP Cuff
I assured him that in one week
My quick fix would be enough

I then took pictures of my doings
All good deeds must be recorded
When he asked: ‘ how much my camera?’
I said; ‘you can’t afford it!’

Then I bundled my belongings
Left behind unwanted clothing
Back to my air conditioned flight home
Full of self, full of loathing

Loathing the sights I again witnessed
Knowing his pill wore off that night
His cancer grows, his hunger increases
I am safe, away in flight

Do you too put band aids on the cancers?
Do you write the checks then sigh?
How on earth it got so bad?
Well, you are part the reason why.

For if you and I avoid the tumors
The wretched, filthy, destitute
We are both part of the blame
This truth we can’t refute

Give, go, or send is the commandment
That our God has long declared
Stop the quick and easy fixes
Don’t pretend I really cared

Stop the pills and, stop the potions
Short term, simple, cute, quaint answers
Lord when did I see you?
He answered; you put a band aid on My cancers

Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Isaiah 58:6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke?

Isaiah 58:7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that you bring the poor that are cast out to yor house? when you see the naked, that thou cover him; and that you hide not yourself from your own flesh?

Isaiah 58:10 And if you draw out your soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall your light rise in obscurity, and your darkness be as the noonday: