Sometimes it can be much easier for people to see a doctor, when you bring the doctor to them. With this truth and inspiration, in 2013 Mercy plans to roll out a Mobile Health Unit. Thanks to a $50,000 donation by Tyson, the coach is one step closer to hitting the road. Expected to log thousands of miles and visit several communities across Northwest Arkansas and Southern Missouri, the Mercy Mobile Health unit will serve some specific needs in our region:
“The mobile unit is going to bring healthcare to a lot of folks who are not receiving it now,” said Vice President of the Mercy Foundation, Clark Ellison. “I think it’s important to remember the faces of those people when saying thank you to Tyson and their team members’ for their donation. “Donations are about much more than the financial gift, but the heart behind the donation and the future impact it will have on kids and families in our area,” Ellison stated. “We thank Tyson for having that heart and sharing it with us.”
The Mercy Mobile unit will serve in partnership with communities and existing agencies that provide services to the underserved population. It will also be used at local health fairs and community events as well as corporations for wellness visits and health risk assessments.
“One of the goals of our corporate giving is to support projects that improve health and human services in our plant communities,” said Annetta Young, Director of Corporate Philanthropy for Tyson Foods. “We’re pleased to support this mobile health unit because of the ways we believe it will benefit the people of northwest Arkansas.”