In 1994, when Dr. John Bruchalski established Tepeyac, he was told there was no way to be successful as a fully pro-life OB/GYN practice. But it quickly became obvious that the demand for life-affirming care was there.
By 2000, the skyrocketing price of medical malpractice insurance for the rapidly expanding practice prompted a phone-a-thon fundraiser to help keep the doors of Tepeyac OB/GYN open. Dr. Bruchalski recognized that if Tepeyac’s mission was going to be realized — to provide excellent medical care, to practice in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church, and to see the poor every day — Tepeyac OB/GYN would need to rely on the generosity of donors who shared a passion for life-affirming care.
The result was the founding of Divine Mercy Care. Divine Mercy Care (DMC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance pro-life healthcare through programs that serve those in need, and educate and inspire caregivers and medical professionals. DMC raises funds to provide charity care at Tepeyac OB/GYN and aspires to ensure that all women have access to the life-affirming care they deserve.
In addition to its central mission of providing Tepeyac OB/GYN with the funds needed to support charity care patients who might otherwise turn to abortion as their only alternative, Divine Mercy Care has also supported efforts to educate and inspire future medical professionals as well as unify pro-life care providers. In 2018, DMC helped create the Pro-Women’s Healthcare Centers (PWHC) network, a consortium of autonomous centers nationwide that unite together under shared standards of high-quality life-affirming medicine. Tepeyac OB/GYN was one of the first providers to be designated as a Pro-Women’s Healthcare Center, and today there are 12 certified PWHCs across the United States. In 2019, Divine Mercy Care launched PLAN, aimed at bringing together a network of assistance providers across the community to provide women and families with life-affirming medical, social and material support. The program is now a project of the Susan B. Anthony Education Fund list.
Both Tepeyac OB/GYN and Divine Mercy Care continue to build a culture of life, to meet people where they are, and to transform hearts through healthcare. Dr. Bruchalski’s story reminds us all that pro-life medicine can transform the world, one heart at a time.
Divine Mercy Care is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing pro-life medicine and transforming hearts through healthcare. We advance this mission by financially supporting providers of life-affirming care and helping to grow the next generation of pro-life doctors and other medical professionals.
Our primary beneficiary is Tepeyac OB/GYN, a pro-life medical practice based in Fairfax, Virginia.
Divine Mercy Care’s financial support allows Tepeyac OB/GYN to serve women’s medical, material, and emotional needs, especially the physically, emotionally, spiritually or financially underserved.
Divine Mercy Care also develops and implements strategies to support aspiring pro-life doctors through seminars, scholarships, and medical rotations with Tepeyac OB/GYN as they strive to practice pro-life medicine in an environment averse to the culture of life.
Divine Mercy Care Award
Honoring those whose time, talent, and treasure advance pro-life healthcare
The Divine Mercy Care Award is presented to the person, family, or organization that has shown exemplary and sacrificial commitment to promoting the development of Divine Mercy Care, and its principal program, Tepeyac OB/GYN, through charitable, business, and/or spiritual means and actions.