The Medical Mission at Home Volunteers
September 30th 2016
Saint Thomas Health, part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system, partnered with more than 30 Nashville-based agencies to provide care for more than 700 low-income and uninsured individuals in Middle Tennessee.
A Day of Hope, Health and Healing consisted of more than 600 volunteers from Saint Thomas Health, including physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, chaplains, senior leadership and other hospital staff, providing healthcare screenings and medical care for those most in need. Pharmacy services, including select prescription medications were provided by the Dispensary of Hope. Dental services (on-site fillings and extractions) were offered by Hope Smiles, a non-profit organization. Other services included free primary and specialty healthcare services, such as mammograms, vision services, foot and wound care, and behavioral medicine.
In Davidson County, 18 percent of adults are uninsured, according to the United States Census Bureau.
“Many uninsured and underinsured middle Tennesseans fall into the health insurance ‘coverage gap,’ and struggle to afford healthcare,” said Saint Thomas Health President and Chief Executive Officer Karen Springer. “Saint Thomas Health and Ascension feels a deep calling to serve the poor and vulnerable through medical missions at home. We are honored to host an event that brings treatment and healing to our neighbors.”
Since the first Ascension Medical Mission at Home in 2008 for Saint Thomas Health, the event has provided more than 20,000 patient encounters for Middle Tennessee families.
The Ascension Medical Mission at Home is part of a national effort by Ascension and its caregivers to host similar events across the country. To date, Medical Mission at Home events have been held in Tennessee, Washington D.C., New York, Alabama, Florida, Connecticut, Indiana and Texas, and plans to expand to other markets in the coming months to meet individual and community health needs.