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King’s Daughters unveils new mobile unit; Auxiliary pledges $150,000 in support

King’s Daughters Medical Center on Monday unveiled a new mobile health unit to the Ashland community, which will be used to provide healthcare and screenings to business, industry and rural/isolated areas throughout KDMC’s service area.

Auxiliary Mobile Health Unit

The new vehicle has been named The KDMC Auxiliary Mobile Health Unit, in honor of Auxiliary’spledge of $150,000 to King’s Daughters Health Foundation to purchase the equipment. Total cost for the unit was $186,526.

King’s Daughters Auxiliary leaders received a private tour of the unit on Monday and learned of the naming honor.

The Auxiliary Mobile Health Unit replaces an existing mobile unit that had been in use for more than 15 years. During that time, it traveled more than 100,000 miles throughout Kentucky and Ohio, offering physician office services, cardiac testing, occupational medicine services, free screenings, education, and more.

“Our Auxiliary has a long history of supporting outreach and patient care services at King’s Daughters,” said Jane Blankenship, executive director of King’s Daughters Health Foundation. “The Auxiliary supports a number of very important initiatives at KDMC, including the Hospitality House, medication assistance and newborn car seats,” she said.

The Auxiliary pledge will be paid over a three-year period, Blankenship noted.

King’s Daughters Auxiliary was founded in 1951 and currently has 250 members. The all-volunteer organization is led by the Auxiliary Board, which is itself comprised of volunteers.

“We are very pleased to support the efforts of King’s Daughters to reach out to people in need,” said Auxiliary president Kay Gevedon. “As gas prices continue to rise and our community continues to age, it becomes more and more difficult for people to get healthcare services, especially in rural areas,” she noted. “The Auxiliary Mobile Health Unit is one way we can help ensure people get the care they need.”

The medical center Gift Shop, which is operated by the Auxiliary, is the group’s largest fundraiser, Blankenship said, adding, “KDMC Team Members are our biggest customers, and we truly appreciate their loyalty and support.” Patients and visitors also patronize the shop frequently.

The mobile health unit replacement project is the largest active fund-raising initiative of the King’s Daughters Health Foundation, Blankenship said, noting, “In addition to the Auxiliary unit, the Foundation is currently raising funds for a second unit, which will allow King’s Daughters to expand its reach and services further than ever before.”

Total cost for the two mobile health units is expected to exceed $700,000. “We are working hard to make sure people have access to healthcare,” Blankenship said, “and we’re exploring a number of grants and other opportunities to take these services to people where they are.”

The second mobile health unit is slated for delivery in late December, she noted.

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