Mercy Health hosts open house for new Mobile Health Van

Press Staff Writer

        Mercy Health unveiled its new Mobile Health Van at a community open house April 3 on the campus of Mercy Health – St. Charles Hospital in Oregon. Deacon Dan Waters conducted a blessing of the vehicle.
        Mercy Health has provided mobile health care services to the community since 1995. For more than 25 years, the Mobile Health Van has traveled the community to offer support services at major events or provide a comfortable and secure space for the delivery of services or health screenings to communities that often cannot easily get to a doctor’s office.
        In particular, the Mercy Health Mobile Health Van has been the site of health care services for thousands of senior citizens, those without homes, members of the Latino community and migrant workers on area farms.
        Last year, Mercy Health purchased a new Mobile Health Van with the generous support of the Mercy Health Foundation. The van includes an educational area to instruct clients on healthy habits, provides an exam room for medical services and now offers audiology services as part of a collaboration with the Mercy Health Occupational Health team.
        “Unfortunately for many in our region, lack of transportation is a barrier to receiving appropriate health care – an obstacle that we can help overcome by bringing health services directly into the community,” said Sister Dorothy Thum, RSM, Vice President of Mission and Values Integration for Mercy Health – Toledo. “Thanks to the generosity of the Mercy Health Foundation, we will be able to not only continue to offer mobile health care services but expand them as well.”
        The Mercy Health Mobile Health Van has provided on-site services at numerous locations and events including:
        • Physical exams and immunizations for area schools;
        • First aid at major community events such as concerts and tournaments;
        • Sports Medicine treatment at Mercy Health sponsored events such as the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon and Racing for Recovery’s Rock’tober;
        • Screenings at local health fairs.


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