Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital debuts new mobile health unit
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Aug. 1, 2013 – Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital debuted its new Ministry in Motion Mobile Health Unit Thursday, Aug. 1 in conjunction with the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce’s Commerce in Motion event promoting economic development.
The new Ministry in Motion Mobile Health Unit was made possible by a grant from the Christy-Houston Foundation.
“The Mobile Health Unit has been serving our community for more than three years and in that time we have seen the program thrive,” said Gordon Ferguson, president and CEO of Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital. “The new unit will further invigorate the program, increase the services that we can provide and help us better serve our neighbors.”
The Mobile Health Unit Collaborative, a partnership between Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, Murfreesboro City Schools and the Rutherford County School system, is an effort to help achieve access to health care, helping people overcome barriers and obstacles. It’s reflective of Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital’s mission of helping people live healthier lives with special attention to the poor and vulnerable.
The unit travels to various schools throughout the county four days a week providing access to pediatric primary care and adult/pediatric behavioral health services. The unit also travels to various homeless shelters and community centers across the county once a month providing free adult lab screenings.
New Ministry in Motion Mobile Health Unit Facts:
- The original Mobile Health Unit hit the road in July 2010
- More than 1600 children and families were served during the first year of operation
- The Mobile Health Unit collaborative has served approximately 9,000 community members since 2010
- The new Ministry in Motion Mobile Health Unit houses 328 square feet of space
- The Mobile Health Unit’s team facilitates monthly screenings for uninsured adults at various locations across Rutherford County. Those locations include: The Journey Home, Greenhouse Ministries, Smyrna-LaVergne Food Bank, LaVergne Senior Center, Saint Clair Street Senior Center, First Baptist Church East Castle Street, Linebaugh Public Library-Smyrna Branch, Wherry Housing Community, Habitat For Humanity, Franklin Heights Family Resource Center, The Jackson Motel and Franklin Road Church of Christ. These screenings act as a point of entry into health care for our communities’ most vulnerable.
- Dental services for the uninsured represent a significant need in the community; the new Ministry in Motion unit is equipped with a dental chair in the front exam room, allowing for additional partnerships in this effort.
For more information about the Ministry in Motion Mobile Health Unit, please visit www.saintthomashealth.com/ministryinmotion or call (615) 396-4693.
About Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital
Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital is a member of Saint Thomas Health, Middle Tennessee’s faith-based, not-for-profit health care system united under the common mission of one healing community. With more than 7,000 associates, Saint Thomas Health is focused on transforming the health care experience and helping people live healthier lives, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. The regional health system includes – Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital, Saint Thomas West Hospital and Saint Thomas Hospital for Spinal Surgery in Nashville, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro and Saint Thomas Hickman Hospital in Centerville – and a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities. Saint Thomas Health is a member of Ascension Health, a Catholic organization that is the largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. For more information, please visit www.sths.com or www.strutherford.com.
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