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Ashland, Ky.— King’s Daughters Health Foundation has received a major gift of $440,000 from the Mansbach Foundation in support of the medical center’s mobile health initiative.

"The Mansbach Foundation has been very generous to our region,” said Jane Blankenship, executive director of King’s Daughters Health Foundation. “We are honored they see the value of our program chose to support it.

"This gift will significantly impact our mobile health programs and help us extend our outreach efforts, health screenings and education even further to people living in rural or isolated areas of Kentucky and Ohio,” she said.

Blankenship said the medical center determined last fall that its only mobile health unit, which had logged more than 100,000 miles, was wearing out and no longer able to keep up with the healthcare needs of the communities KDMC serves. “The Health Foundation committed to raise $700,000 to replace the existing mobile health unit and to purchase a second one to provide expanded services to more communities,” she said. 

The first of the new mobile health units, a blue one, was on the road in November 2011 with help from a major gift from King’s Daughters Medical Center’s Auxiliary. The second unit, which is red, features specialized cardiac testing and can accommodate a variety of mobile health programs.

The Mansbach gift has helped the King’s Daughters Health Foundation meet its goal ahead of schedule. “We anticipated it would take at least a year to pay for both units. We now have the opportunity to move forward with other new projects,” she said.

"We take healthcare to individuals who often do not have the resources to travel for care," said Blankenship. 

Kathy Cremeans, director of cardiac imaging, said the mobile health program often serves individuals who do not have the resources to travel for care and reaches many communities that would not have access to quality care otherwise. "It is rewarding to help people in such a meaningful way, and they are so appreciative,” she said. “Our mobile health team has frequently detected disease in patients who did not realize they had a condition that needed treatment. We do save lives."

In honor of its major gift, the Mansbach Foundation was given naming rights to the red mobile health unit, Blankenship noted. As a result, it has been dedicated in memory of Donald H. Putnam Jr. and Samuel Mansbach. “They both served on King’s Daughters Medical Center’s board and had a strong connection with the hospital,” she said.

“The Health Foundation Board understands the importance of philanthropy and what it means to the medical center,” Blankenship said. “The generosity of those who contribute to our programs, including our own team members and volunteers, ensures we have the equipment and the resources we need to provide the very best patient care and services to families.”

 

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