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Mobile Medical Unit unveiled at St. Charles Community Health Center

By Staff Report -   Sep 28, 2006

Parish President Albert Laque cuts the ribbon unveiling the new mobile medical unit. From left are: Yvonne Gaspard-Board of Directors of STCCHC, Gretchen Helmstetter, CFO STCCHC, Bishop Otis Kenner and Robert Hickman- Board of Directors of STCCHC, James C
Parish President Albert Laque cuts the ribbon unveiling the new mobile medical unit. From left are: Yvonne Gaspard-Board of Directors of STCCHC, Gretchen Helmstetter, CFO STCCHC, Bishop Otis Kenner and Robert Hickman- Board of Directors of STCCHC, James C

The St. Charles Community Health Center displayed a new mobile medical unit to serve the New Orleans and Jefferson Parish region.

The unit was donated by MAP International and the Cardinal Health Foundation to support local care providers to help those in need. The new unit replaces a temporary mobile unit that was used immediately after Hurricane Katrina struck the region. MAP International, which is active in 110 countries, initially responded to Hurricane Katrina by sending enough infant formula and adult liquid nutrition to serve thousands of people. Cardinal Health Foundation focuses its efforts on programs to improve access to and delivery of quality healthcare services within the United States.

James Comeaux of the St. Charles Community Health Center said the mobile unit will travel to the New Orleans and Jefferson Parish area on a rotating, repeating basis to provide care "regardless of immigration status or ability to pay." The unit can provide care to between 50 and 75 people per day and will be staffed by a nurse practitioner, a social worker and a medical assistant and is considered a federally qualified health center. Some of the services provided by the unit will include mental health assessment, obstetrics and gynecological services and primary care.

"We are thrilled we can continue to bring medical care to those in need. Thanks to Cardinal Health Foundation and MAP International we can continue to provide primary and public health services to the temporary and permanent residents of the region," stated Mark Kaiser, St. Charles Community Health Center Executive Director.

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