Healthcare is going mobile. Parkview Hospital is making an effort to bring medical help to underserved children in Northeast Indiana with its new Care Mobile.
It is a 40 foot truck that has two visiting rooms, a waiting room, and a refrigerator for vaccines. Parkview likened it to a Doctor’s office on wheels.
Care Mobile’s goal is to bring health care to underserved children ages birth to five years old free of charge.
“The point of this medical model is not to make money,” said Parkview Pediatrician Dr. Tony Giaquinta. “The point of this medical model is to have healthy children grow up into healthy adults.”
Those without health insurance can still get care from the Care Mobile. It is the result of a partnership between Parkview Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House.
Giaquinta called this a win for children everywhere.
“So wherever they are the Ronald McDonald will come to them so that they can get the health care needs that they need to grow and thrive,” said Giaquinta.
Friday was the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Parkview Care Mobile. Jenifer Veatch, the executive director of the Ronald McDonald House, said this can bring more than healthcare to underserved children and families.
“So the care mobile will actually be able to do well-baby screenings, developmental hearing, lead screenings,” said Veatch. “We’re also there to provide education to the parents before they leave the care mobile and to help them get connected to a long-term health care doctor.”
The Care Mobile will travel throughout Northeast Indiana to children in need.