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
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
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,
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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