OhioHealth Foundation: Raises and invests funds to support the work of healthcare centers

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The OhioHealth Foundation raises and invests funds to support the work of OhioHealth’s family of faith-based, not-for-profit hospitals and healthcare centers.

Since 1891, when private money built the first hospital in the OhioHealth system, the OhioHealth Foundation has directed the community’s outpouring of generosity into excellent care for our patients, for research and equipment, education for our medical professionals and effective care environments for everyone.

By investing funds wisely OhioHealth is able to strengthen its mission of “improving the health of those we serve” in four important ways:

  • Innovation and technology: New medical innovations, cures and solutions allow OhioHealth to improve patient experiences in ways both big and small.
  • Research and education: OhioHealth funds research and education so healthcare professionals can continually gain new knowledge, and share what they know with their teams and patients.
  • Infrastructure and facilities: When buildings are up-to-date, efficient and comfortable, patients feel better faster and medical teams can focus on care.
  • Community outreach: OhioHealth knowledge and expertise goes beyond the building walls and into communities, so the people of central Ohio can access the care and knowledge that will keep them healthy and allow them to thrive.

One way OhioHealth is providing community outreach is by delivering primary care services to residents of the Hilltop and surrounding areas through a mobile medical clinic called Wellness on Wheels Primary Care.

The Wellness on Wheels vehicle has been in use for over 20 years providing pre-natal care to pregnant women and girls with its staff of OB/GYNS and prenatal experts. Now, its role has been expanded.

On Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m., OhioHealth family medicine resident physicians, faculty physicians, nurses, a community health worker and driver travel to the Hilltop YMCA in the 54-foot mobile unit to provide primary care.

The clinic can see any adult patient for a comprehensive set of primary care services including:

  • Annual physicals and wellness examinations
  • Preventive health, including screenings and immunizations
  • Management of chronic health conditions (including diabetes, high blood pressure and others)
  • Evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of medical concerns

Patients also have access to referrals for community resources for substance abuse prevention and treatment

There are two patient exam rooms located within the mobile unit.

This neighborhood was identified as an area of need for this pilot program due to a lack of primary care physicians; an overuse of emergency departments for lower-acuity visits; and because there is a trusted partner in the YMCA, which community members are already using for other services.

This program was made possible thanks to a nearly $1-million grant from Huntington Bank. In addition to providing medical care on the mobile medical clinic, OhioHealth is investing in excess of $500,000 into the community for this pilot program.

Last year, OhioHealth provided $287 million in charity care and other community benefit programs through initiatives like Wellness on Wheels.

To learn about opportunities for giving, please call (614) 544.4483 or visit https://www.ohiohealth.com/ohiohealth-foundation/

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