As part of Saint Thomas Health’s commitment to serve the poor and vulnerable in Middle Tennessee, the Rutherford “Medical Mission at Home” event will will be held at Olive Branch Church, located at 1115 Minerva Drive in Murfreesboro, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m on Saturday, June 14th. There is no charge for this program.
Volunteer medical personnel, including, physicians, nurse practitioners, dentists, nurses, optometrists, technicians, pharmacists, chaplains and dozens of other hospital staff from Saint Thomas Rutherford, Saint Thomas Midtown, Saint Thomas West Hospitals and Physician Services will provide free medical, dental and vision care. Pharmacy services will also be available from the Dispensary of Hope to Rutherford County residents most in need. Dental Services (on-site fillings and extractions) will be provided by the non-profit organization Hope Smiles.
“It is our responsibility as a mission-driven ministry to care for the poor and vulnerable, especially in our own communities. Rutherford County has thousands of uninsured residents and we are compelled as one healing community to serve those most vulnerable and in need,” said Nancy Anness, Vice President of Advocacy, Access and Community Outreach for Saint Thomas Health.
Rutherford County has more than 274,000 residents. For the latest data reported in 2010, 16 percent of the residents are uninsured. More than 12 percent of Rutherford County residents are living below the poverty level.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to serve those needing care so close to home,” said Kathy Ferrell, Mobile Health Outreach Coordinator for Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital. "Healthcare is still out of reach for some of our most vulnerable neighbors. We are grateful to carry out our Mission to serve all persons through this Medical Mission."