DOVER PLAINS, N.Y. -- A new mobile health center created by ArchCare, the healthcare ministry of the Archdiocese of New York, made its first stop last week in Dover Plains to deliver primary care and other essential health services directly to those who can't afford healthcare.
Developed in partnership with and operated by HRHCare Community Health, and made possible by grants from ArchCare and the Hearst Foundation, the 33-foot mobile health center will deliver a broad array of health services to underserved populations throughout the Hudson Valley, including agricultural workers, the frail elderly and low-income families, regardless of their ability to pay.
“As a health ministry, we saw far too many people who were forced to forego essential medical services because they were poor, had no transportation or couldn’t leave work without jeopardizing their livelihoods,” said ArchCare President and CEO Scott LaRue. “The goal of the mobile health center is to meet people right where they are, whether that is at a farm, a community agency, a parish or other religious center or some other location, to enable them to access the care they deserve and often desperately need regardless of their limited financial means or lack of insurance.”
The mobile center will make introductory stops at other local parishes in the coming weeks, and will be officially blessed by New York Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, June 29 at HRHCare’s Farmworkers Health Center in Goshen.
“For more than 40 years, HRHCare has been working to ensure that underserved communities throughout the Hudson Valley had a place to go to receive quality health care. This new mobile health center is part of our growing effort to not only give people a place to go for health care, but bring quality health care as close to home as possible,” said Anne Kauffman Nolon, president and CEO of HRHCare. “We are so proud to partner with ArchCare in making sure that New Yorkers can receive health care, whether they come to us, or we come to them.”