COLUMBIA, Tenn. — Many individuals in southern Middle Tennessee have little to no access to health care due to a lack of transportation, limited financial resources or other barriers. Maury Regional Health, through the fundraising efforts of the Maury Regional Health Care Foundation, is establishing a mobile unit to help eliminate these barriers.
The mobile unit is a 38 ft. recreational vehicle (RV) customized with two exam rooms and a laboratory area, is wheelchair accessible and will be staffed by clinical specialists who will provide services including:
- general primary care services
- routine screenings including glucose, cholesterol, lipid profile, height/weight (BMI) and blood pressure
- education and outreach for preventable and manageable diseases
- coordinating patient care through referrals to appropriate providers
“To purchase and operate this unit to provide better care to the underserved populations in our region is a significant financial commitment. The total purchase price, excluding ongoing operations costs, exceeds $300,000. Through the generosity of several donors, we have secured significant financial commitments but we continue work to reach our fundraising goal,” said Foundation Executive Director Joe Kilgore.
According to Kilgore, the mobile unit is expected to be in operation by September 2017 and its management and scheduling will be coordinated by the Population Health Department at Maury Regional Health.
Since its formation in 2006, the Maury Regional Health Care Foundation has funded more than $1.6 million in programs and services benefiting those in need throughout southern Middle Tennessee. These programs include medication assistance, wigs and other assistance for cancer patients, a food bank, transportation assistance, educational support, community health initiatives and much more.
For more information about the Maury Regional Health Care Foundation, visit MauryRegional.com or call 931.380.4075.