NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation has received a $1.6 million donation that will fund a mobile health unit to deliver care to underinsured and uninsured individuals in underserved communities in northeast Arkansas. The donation was made by prominent Arkansas philanthropists, Kim and Chris Fowler.
The mobile health unit, nicknamed “Big Blue,” will be equipped with technology to perform breast cancer screenings, community health screenings, sports physicals and an in-game athletics clinic, wellness and preventative visits, vaccination clinics, pandemic rapid response and interventional resources.
NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation is a 501 c (3) non-profit organization and the charitable arm of NEA Baptist Health System in Jonesboro. The Foundation helps enhance the lives of those in Northeast Arkansas through the six programs it supports and generous gifts from the community. The Foundation currently supports six programs: the Center for Good Grief, Center for Healthy Children, Medicine Assistance program, HopeCircle, Wellness Works and ShareHope.
“Since 1912, Baptist’s mission has been to care for the Mid-South communities it serves, including ours here in northeast Arkansas,” said Sam Lynd, CEO and administrator at NEA Baptist. “The Fowler’s gift to fund our mobile health unit is a major step in fulfilling our vision of bringing an expert system of care to patients wherever they are.”
NEA Baptist is collaborating with Odulair, a leader in the mobile health unit marketplace, to produce Big Blue by the end of October 2022.
NEA Baptist Health System comprises NEA Baptist Clinic, NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital and NEA Baptist Fowler Family Center for Cancer Care. The 228-bed hospital offers cancer care, heart care through the Heart Center, labor and delivery services through the hospital’s Women’s Center, as well as a number of inpatient and outpatient services, emergency care, and surgical services including weight loss surgery, neurology, respiratory care, and pulmonary rehabilitation. NEA Baptist Clinic’s over 110 physicians practice in more than 35 specialties and offer a wealth of services, from pediatrics to orthopedic services.
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