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Health Van to Bring Free Quality Health Care to Underserved Neighborhoods

Community Needs

Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) introduced its new John Stauffer Charitable Trust Community Health Van with a ribbon-cutting celebration on Thursday, December 11.  

The large, RV-sized mobile health van was made possible by a grant of nearly $500,000 from the John Stauffer Foundation. The mobile unit will soon be rolling into neighborhoods throughout Glendale and the surrounding area, bringing free health care services to individuals, families and non-profit community organizations. Trustees from the John Stauffer Foundation were joined by community and organizational leaders and neighborhood families at the ribbon-cutting. Immediately following the ribbon-cutting and dedication, a health fair offered free screenings, healthy refreshments, health tips and nutritional information.

Tim Gosney, a trustee for the John Stauffer Charitable Trust, said, “Our intention in awarding the grant is to enable GAMC to connect with the underserved neighborhoods and residents of our community. We're pleased this van is making that goal a reality.” 

The mobile unit will work in partnership with other community health improvement projects, including Choose Health, LA Kids, diabetes prevention initiatives and local health events. It will also be used at health fairs and community programs such as healthy lifestyles, smoking cessation and disease prevention seminars.

The van has two comfortable, space-efficient exam rooms equipped with an x-ray booth and blood pressure station. Physicians, nurses and technicians will be able to conduct primary care clinics that include comprehensive health screenings, blood draws and other assessments, including BMI screening, EKG, vision screening and pulmonary function testing. The unit will serve as a fully mobile medical office. It also has a 50” flat screen monitor that will be used to show educational health videos. 

GAMC President/CEO Kevin A. Roberts praised members of the John Stauffer Charitable Trust Foundation for their foresight and for joining in the hospital’s mission of “sharing God’s love with the community by providing healing and wellness for the whole person" outside the hospital walls.