"Taking it on the Road” to Better Serve our Vets
A Veterans Mobile Medical Unit is the latest tool Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital is using to reach out to area Veterans to enroll them in and provide them with top quality VA healthcare. In late summer, the Hospital unveiled a new 38 foot Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) that features two separate exam areas, a counseling room, on-the-spot enrollment and much more. The Veterans MMU will travel throughout the Chicago land area to bring health care services and information to area Veterans.
"Our Veterans MMU provides us with an opportunity to engage Veterans and to assist them with enrollment in VA Healthcare,” said Joan Ricard, Hines Hospital Director. “We are thrilled to be able to increase our presence in the community and bring our top quality health care out to our Veterans through the use of this vehicle.”
Hines VA employees and the Veterans MMU have already travelled to two community events to enroll Veterans. Both events, a Veterans Fair in Naperville and a Welcome Home Event at Cantigny, were resounding successes.
“It was great being able to enroll Veterans for VA healthcare, give them a flu-shot and their first VA medical exam without them having to travel anywhere out of their way,” said Tony Spillie, Chief of Social Work at Hines. “Now their medical records have been established in the VA and they have been referred to the closest VA healthcare facility from their residence.”Veterans enrolled through the Veterans MMU can immediately receive primary care at Hines VA Hospital in suburban Chicago or at any of our VA Community Outpatient Clinics located in Oak Lawn, Aurora, Elgin, LaSalle, Joliet and Kankakee.
Hines is looking into deploying the Veterans MMU on a regular basis to areas in the Chicago suburbs and beyond where many Veterans are known to reside. “We want to make it as easy as possible for our Veterans to sign up for and receive the fabulous VA healthcare they have earned through their service to our country,” Spillie said. The Veterans MMU will also serve National Guard and Reserve personnel by engaging National Guard and Reserve units at their service headquarters shortly after they return home from duty.
To schedule the Veterans Mobile Health Unit for an event contact Cris Mabrito, at 708-202-8387 ext. 20011 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.