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Ronald McDonald Care Mobile comes to Huntington

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is making a stop at Parkview Huntington Hospital, today, to show off the new mobile pediatric clinic that will provide health services to children under the age of 5 who lack access to medical care.

It is one of 50 vehicles worldwide, and once the Care Mobile begins accepting patients, services on board will be provided at no charge to families who have no insurance, according to Parkview officials. It is able to provide primary care, well-child visits, developmental screening, hearing and vision tests, vaccinations, point-of-care testing, strep tests, influenza screening, lead screening, flouride treatments and health and safety education. 

Parkview Huntington Hospital is hosting the vehicle Thursday, July 12, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to show off the state-of-the-art, 40-foot-long vehicle.

Juli Johnson, President of Parkview Huntington Hospital, is excited to welcome the additional resource to the area.

“This partnership with the Ronald McDonald House Care Mobile will be so important to Huntington County’s youngest residents and their families,” Johnson said. “Bringing care directly to neighborhoods will help ensure that more kids receive well-child exams, immunizations and other quality care that will help them get a good, healthy start in life. When children grown and thrive, our whole community becomes stronger.”

The Care Mobile launched in June through a partnership between Parkview Health and Ronald McDonald Charities of Northeast Indiana. It will be making stops around the area to meet families in their communities. 

“At Parkview, we believe it’s important to meet families where they are in their healthcare journey, creating greater access to services and education and fostering healthy communities,” said Mike Packnett, president and CEO of Parkview Health, in a press release. “We are proud to partner with Ronald McDonald House Charities on an initiative that allows us to do just that by extending pediatric care beyond the walls of our hospitals and clinics and meeting our patients where they need us.”