Ronald McDonald Care Mobile to visit PHH

Parkview Health and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Indiana have teamed up to bring early and preventive health services to children under age 5 who lack access to medical care. In late June, the organizations launched the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a state-of-the-art, 40-foot-long vehicle that will serve as a “doctor’s office on wheels” for youngsters in need.

One of only 50 Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles in the world, this new vehicle will visit Parkview Huntington Hospital on Thursday, July 12, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The public is invited to tour the Care Mobile, which features two patient exam rooms, a point-of-care testing lab and a patient education area.

This Care Mobile program was specially designed by Ronald McDonald Charities of Northeast Indiana, in collaboration with Parkview Health, with clinical and educational services tailored to the needs of the region’s residents. It will now deliver medical services to underserved children directly in their own neighborhoods. Parkview

Physicians Group (PPG) – Pediatrics providers and staff members will provide services including:

▪ Primary care.

▪ Well-child visits.

▪ Developmental screening.

▪ Hearing and vision tests.

▪ Vaccinations.

▪ Point-of-care testing.

▪ Strep tests.

▪ Influenza screening.

▪ Lead screening.

▪ Fluoride treatments.

▪ Health and safety education.

Services will be provided at no charge to families who do not have insurance.

Juli Johnson, the president of Parkview Huntington Hospital, is pleased to welcome this additional medical resource to the area.

“This partnership with the Ronald McDonald House Care Mobile will be so important for Huntington County’s youngest residents and their families,” said Johnson. “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 grow and thrive, our whole community becomes stronger.”

The partnership that gave rise to this newest Care Mobile is aimed at helping more youngsters get care they need.
PPG pediatrician Tony GiaQuinta, MD, has a vision for this new program.

“The goal of the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is to drive children into a stable, high-quality medical home. 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 preventive services. The medical home promotes healthy behaviors such as family reading, dental hygiene, helmet use, and decreased screen time.”

Duane Hougendobler, MD, PPG - Pediatrics, agreed, saying, “The pediatricians of Parkview Physicians Group have a passion for improving healthcare 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 healthcare system. The Care Mobile will provide a safe and non-threatening environment in which children can receive important growth and development exams and immunizations.”

For more information, visit parkview.com/pediatrics or rmhc.neindiana.org/caremobile.