Ronald McDonald Care Mobile added to Whitley County

WHITLEY COUNTY — Parkview Health and Ronald McDonald House Charites of Northeast Indiana unveiled the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile in Whitley and Kosciusko counties earlier this month.

One of only 50 care mobiles in the world, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile will provide early and preventive health services to children from birth to age five who lack access to medical care.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Indiana in collaboration with Parkview Health designed the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program with clinical and educational services tailored to the specific needs of northeast Indiana. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is a state-of-the-art vehicle, delivering medical services directly to underserved children in its own neighborhoods.

The 50th RMCM is a 40-foot long, 8-foot wide vehicle, featuring two patient exam rooms, a point of care testing lab, intake and a patient education area. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile will be staffed with a Parkview Physicians Group pediatrics providers and staff.

Services provided by the RMCM include:

• Primary care, well-child visits and developmental screening hearing

• Vision

• Vaccination

• Point of care testing strep test

• Influenza screening

• Lead screening

• Fluoride treatment

• Health and safety education

“Ronald McDonald House Charities and Parkview Health both believe in the power of serving the community and ensuring that all children have an equal opportunity to receive quality healthcare. It is because of this shared mission that our organizations have partnered to reach medically underserved children in Northeast Indiana,” states Jen Veatch, executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Indiana.

“This joint venture between Parkview and the Ronald McDonald House Charities is another example of our commitment to serve our communities in a meaningful way,” said Scott Gabriel, president, Parkview Whitley/Parkview Warsaw. “We’re proud to be a part of this service and look forward to making a positive impact on the health of children in Whitley and Kosciusko counties.”

Pediatrician Tony GiaQuinta, MD, Parkview Physicians Group – Pediatrics, has a specific vision for this new program, “The goal of the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is to drive children into a stable, high-quality medical home. Why is this important? The American Academy of Pediatrics defines the medical home as a model of care that is ‘accessible, family-centered, continuous, comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate and culturally effective’ and promotes it as the source of primary care for all children. We know that children with a stable medical home are less likely to seek expensive and inappropriate emergency room visits, and more likely to receive important preventative services such as developmental screening and on time vaccinations. Importantly, the medical home promotes healthy behaviors such as family reading, dental hygiene, helmet use and decreased screen time.

“By investing in their health, we give northeast Indiana’s children the opportunity to succeed in all things, benefiting their future and our commonwealth. “

Pediatrician Duane Hougendobler, MD, Parkview Physicians Group –Pediatrics, agrees., “The pediatricians of Parkview Physicians Group have a passion around improving health care for all children in our area, and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile will allow us to care for those who do not have access to the health care system. The care mobile will provide a safe and non-threatening environment for children to receive important growth and development exams and immunizations.”

Services provided by the RMCM will be at no charge to those who have no insurance. For more information or to find out when the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile will be in your neighborhood, visit parkview.com/pediatrics or rmhc.neindiana.org/caremobile.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Indiana is a nonprofit corporation, and creates, finds and supports programs that directly impact the health and well-being of children and their families.

RMHC of NE Indiana began serving families in 2002 through the Ronald McDonald House located inside Parkview Regional Medical Center. The Ronald McDonald House provides a comforting environment where families can stay together while their ill or injured child is hospitalized.

Over 600 families a year stay at the Ronald McDonald House and benefit from overnight accommodations, food and other support services. The Ronald McDonald House serves the families of all dependent children 21 and under and is available at no charge to the guest families.

Beginning in July 2018, RMHC of NE Indiana will partner with Parkview Health to deliver healthcare to underserved children age birth to five years. For more information on Ronald McDonald House Charities of NE Indiana, or to learn how to help, visit www.rmhc-neindiana.org/how-to-help.

Parkview Health is a community-based health system serving a northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio population of more than 820,000. With more than 11,000 employees, Parkview Health is the region’s largest employer. As a nonprofit organization, Parkview Health’s mission is to improve the health and inspire the well- being of the communities it serves.

Parkview Health includes nine hospitals and an extensive network of primary care and specialty care physicians. The flagship Parkview Regional Medical Center campus includes services such as the Parkview Cancer Institute, Parkview Heart Institute, Samaritan flight and ground transport program, Parkview Ortho Hospital, a certified stroke center, verified adult and pediatric trauma centers, Women’s & Children’s Hospital and an outpatient services center.

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