Maury Regional’s new mobile unit will provide care for poor or isolated patients


Maury Regional’s new mobile unit will provide care for poor or isolated patients

MAURY REGIONAL HEALTH

For the past ten months, the Maury Regional Health Care Foundation has conducted a campaign to fund a new mobile medical unit that will be operated by Maury Regional Health.

The new unit was unveiled at a reception for donors and other supporters on Jan. 10 at Columbia Fire Station 1.

The inspiration for the development of the new mobile unit was to provide primary care services to at-risk and under-served populations who lack access or resources to obtain health care. The mobile unit is a 38-foot 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

Foundation Executive Director Joe Kilgore said, “Through the generosity of our donors, Maury Regional Health will touch the lives of residents throughout southern Middle Tennessee by improving access to health services. We raised more than $300,000 enabling us to purchase the unit and have committed to providing an additional $400,000 over five years for operational expenses. We are grateful for the support of our community.”

The organization anticipates the mobile unit will be staffed and serving at-risk individuals in the southern Middle Tennessee region some time this month.

Major donors for the project include the Maury Regional Auxiliary, Mary and Con Vrailas, 2017 Mule Kick 5K, Suzanne and Houston Parks, Listerhill Credit Union, Dr. Eslick and Annie Daniel, Kristi and Greg Martin. Supporters included A-Z Office Resources, Clay Buttrey, Dr. David Craig, Dr. Sarah Essary, Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee, First Farmers & Merchants Bank, Dr. Rebecca Hawkins, Ed and Carrie Lancaster, Mounger & Moulder, PLLC, Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Smith, Alan and Michele Watson, Mr. and Mrs. Doug Williamson, Dr. Grace Wu, Darlene Baxter, Mr. and Mrs. Ron Bishop, Mark and Kim Cashion, Dr. Wade and Jeanine Denney, Lace & Company, Connie Hardin, Carroll and Joe Kilgore, John and Adrienne Law, Dr. Christa Martin, Maury County Retired Teachers Association, Dr. B.I. Naddy and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Walter.

In the past 11 years, the Foundation has funded nearly $2 million in programs and services for under-served and financially challenged populations. All donations directly benefit the community through the programs and services funded by the Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Gifts to support the mobile medical unit may be made through the Foundation’s Community Health Fund at MauryRegionalFoundation.com. For more information, call 931.380.4075.

To learn more about the new mobile medical unit, contact the Population Health Department at 931.380.4031.

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