Hardin Memorial Health’s commitment to wellness includes a 19-year-old proactive program that meets the public where they are.
Known as Wellness on Wheels, the HMH mobile care center brings preventative health care, including screenings, to residents in Hardin, LaRue, Meade, Nelson and Grayson counties. By making scheduled stops in high-traffic shopping centers and setting up at community gatherings, HMH has provided a valuable opportunity solely aimed at service.
HMH Community Relations Director Karen Blaiklock recently said the primary goal of Wellness on Wheels is to encourage customers to become aware of personal risk factors through early detection. It also provides educational resources to those who might not have effective transportation to other sites.
With the exception of an occasional weather interruption, staffing issue or mechanical necessity, this 40-foot vehicle has been delivering registered nurses to shopping areas plus school, business and industry wellness events plus community festivals.
“The whole crux of this is really the opportunity to know your numbers and engage in your own personal health and find our your own personal health factors,” Blaiklock said.
Blood pressure checks and some of the exams are offered free. An anemia screening costs $5, the cholesterol panel costs $20 and a thyroid screening costs $15. All those fees are much less than the typical insurance co-pay for an doctor’s office visit.
But Wellness on Wheels staff members emphasize that these wellness tests are not a replacement for doctor’s visits. It’s a supplemental way to monitor your well-being that can and should be shared with your personal physician.
As the hospital celebrates 65 years of service, it’s appropriate to salute Wellness on Wheels.
Some people refer to it by its initials and WOW does seem an appropriate title. The focus is exactly what the health care industry should strive to be – convenient, affordable and caring with an emphasis on wellness rather than sickness.
It’s a beloved service of Hardin Memorial Health and its future owners from Baptist Health would be wise to maintain.
This editorial reflects a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.