News New Kid's Care-A-Van Hits the Road for Health

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Mobile clinic funded by Michael & Susan Dell Foundation matching grant, community donors and Seton Highland Lakes employees

BURNET, Texas - (Feb. 14, 2013) - Children in the Highland Lakes area will continue to have access to health care services close to home with the arrival of the new Seton Kid's Care-A-Van. The mobile clinic was ceremoniously introduced today at Seton Highland Lakes Hospital.

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Services offered at the clinic include physical examinations, well-child checks, treatment for minor illnesses, immunizations, medications and sports physicals for under and uninsured children from newborn to age 18. The staff also helps patients manage chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes.

Yet after a decade of traveling at least 7,000 miles a year providing health care for more than 16,000 children, as well as making appearances at local community events, the old Care-A-Van was experiencing costly mechanical issues and needed to be replaced.

The new Care-A-Van was made possible thanks to generous contributions from many individuals and organizations, and a matching challenge grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. Donors include the Horseshoe Bay Associates, Lake Area Health Center Foundation, Seton Highland Lakes Hospital employees, and the Estate of Frank Fickett.

"Providing access to care for the children of the Highland Lakes communities is an important part of our mission," said Arie Dejong, administrator and chief operating officer, Seton Highland Lakes Hospital and vice president, Seton Family of Hospitals. "We are excited about the new Care-a-Van and our enhanced ability to serve the healthcare needs of some of the most vulnerable people in our communities."

On-going support for Care-A-Van operations is generously provided by community donors, including the Woody and Donna McCasland Children's Healthcare Endowment for Seton Highland Lakes, and proceeds from the annual Emory Bellard-Spike Dykes Kids Care-a-Van Golf Classic, presented by the Highland Lakes Associates.

The Care-A-Van travels year-round, five days a week in Burnet and Llano counties to communities including Kingsland, Granite Shoals, Marble Falls, Bertram and Burnet. In addition to an admitting area, waiting area, immunization room and exam room, the new van also includes three slide-outs, offering more space for patients and their families, and is wheel-chair accessible. The Care-A-Van is operated by Seton Highland Lakes Hospital.

"Our mobile clinic is providing care to thousands of children who otherwise might not have access to care," said Chandra Irvin, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC, medical provider on the Care-A-Van. "Thanks to our generous supporters, we're improving the health of our community families."

For more information about the Seton Kids Care-a-Van or to make a donation to support its daily operations, contact Becky Fox, director of development for Seton Highland Lakes Hospital, at bfox@seton.org or (512) 715-3367.

To see photos from Seton Kids Care-a-Van event visit Seton's Flickr site.

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