MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOUNDATION AT GULFPORT
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November 30, 2012
The Memorial Foundation was instrumental and helped to fund a brand new mobile Immunization Van to provide immunizations and limited health screening services to the community. By providing the mobile van, Memorial is now able to reach more members of the community, providing preventative care to children and adults, which in turn helps Memorial carry out its mission of Building a Healthier Community. Some community screenings that are conducted on the van and in the community are: Blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and stroke screenings. Key aspects of care for those needing immunizations include assessment of the individual’s immunization history, administration of needed vaccines, education about the vaccine and possible side effects, directions as to when the individual needs to return for additional immunizations and what to do in case of an adverse reaction to a vaccine. Those receiving health assessments are informed of the result of the screening with an explanation of what the result means. They are given education as appropriate, based on the screening result. Referral is made to other health care providers as needed. The community receiving this service are individuals who may not ever see a healthcare physician or get the needed immunizations.
All immunizations administered on the Van are entered into the statewide immunization registry so wherever they move their record will follow them. The Foundation continues to support this program by purchasing needed equipment and supplies to serve the community and continue this program.
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