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Come one, come all to see Heritage College unveil its new mobile clinic

 
(ATHENS, Ohio — April 15, 2015) Community Health Programs at Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will roll out its new mobile clinic on Thursday, April 30, and the campus community is invited to attend.

For more than 20 years, health professionals and students from the Heritage College have traveled throughout rural and underserved communities in southeastern Ohio in mobile clinics, bringing free and reduced-cost medical services to thousands of people who might otherwise go without.

On April 30 members of the OHIO and Athens community are invited to learn more about one of the Heritage College’s most important medical outreach tools when Community Health Programs celebrates the rollout of its new 40-foot mobile clinic. The new unit is replacing one of Community Health Programs’ two existing mobile clinics and is made possible by the generous financial support of the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation and its gift to the college, “Vision 2020: Leading the Transformation of Primary Care,” with additional support from the Susan G. Komen Columbus.

“We are so proud of the work our Community Health Programs do, day in and day out, to keep people healthy in our part of the state, and so grateful to the funders who have helped make it possible for us to get this terrific new mobile clinic,” said Heritage College Executive Dean Ken Johnson, D.O. “When you get as much use out of vehicles as we do with these units, sooner or later you need to replace them. But I’m sure the mobile clinic crews can’t wait to start putting miles on the new one, bringing health care to people all over southern Ohio.”

The rollout event will take place from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. outside Baker University Center in Athens, with remarks scheduled for noon. Invited guests include state and federal officials, physicians, nurses, friends and supporters. This will be a day to recognize important health care work being done in the region, thank funders who help make it possible, see the new mobile unit up close, learn more about Community Health Programs, and meet some of the people who keep the rolling clinics on the road. Popcorn and snow-cones will be provided.

Custom-built for Community Health Programs by Columbus-based Lifeline Mobile Inc., the clinic has 325 square feet of usable space, with two exam rooms and slide-out sections that add space for a patient education area and a waiting room.

Powered by a low-emission, high-performance diesel engine, the new mobile clinic boasts a state-of-the-art electronic automatic transmission, a commercial-grade heating/air conditioning system for improved infection control, anti-lock air brakes, and special noise and vibration eliminators throughout the vehicle.

The Heritage College has been using mobile units to provide health care in the field since 1994. The units offer more than 170 clinics annually at accessible locations such as churches, community centers, and schools, providing millions of dollars’ worth of services to thousands of patients.

The mobile clinics provide free medical clinics for people with little or no health insurance; free breast cancer screenings; free childhood immunizations; free blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol checks; and physicals for student athletes and school bus drivers. Over the years, the program has given an estimated 123,000 immunizations.

The mobile units are staffed by volunteer physicians, a certified nurse practitioner, a registered nurse and an assistant coordinator. Crews also often include an AmeriCorps volunteer or a Heritage College medical student, making them rolling classrooms as well as health care facilities.

Community Health Programs travels regularly into 14 southern Ohio counties – an area of more than 6,800 square miles that is home to more than half a million people. In 2014, Community Health Programs staffers traveled nearly 11,000 miles around the region providing services.

The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is a leader in training dedicated primary care physicians who are prepared to address the most pervasive medical needs in the state and the nation. Approximately 50 percent of Heritage College alumni practice in primary care and nearly 60 percent practice in Ohio. CARE LEADS HERE.

 
 
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