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Durable medical equipment donation enhances care in community health clinics in impoverished rural Appalachia

  • World Vision assesses biggest equipment needs in four community health clinics.
  • Midmark Corporation donates $50,000 in barrier-free exam tables, dental chair and other durable, updated equipment.
  • Four clinics receive equipment deliveries this week

Media contacts:

Kelli Day
World Vision Corporate & External Partnerships
253.227.3875 (c)

James Harris
Health Access Inc.
304.709.2120

NEWS ADVISORY

WHY:
The West Virginia Association of Free Clinics together care for 60,350 working poor of West Virginia. Those who qualify for services are those who are between the ages of 19-64, and are uninsured by federal, state or private providers and cannot pay for themselves.
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Health Access, Inc. in Clarksburg is a member of the Association and sees thousands of community residents who would otherwise have little to no access to health care. Health clinics in these communities struggle to keep the doors open to serve a population where 80% of patients are classified as ‘working poor’ making too much income to qualify for Medicare/Medicaid programs and not enough income to cover basic necessities, let alone health care costs.

A donation of updated durable medical equipment and solutions provide these clinics with the ability to service more patients in a more efficient environment. Basic clinic equipment is often woefully outdated and in disrepair.
 
WHAT:
Clinic equipment delivery and installation event. World Vision and Midmark Corp. deliver the most critically needed, updated equipment to Health Access, Inc. in Clarksburg, where teams have been preparing to receive and install the new equipment.
 
WHEN:
Thursday, June 20, at 9 a.m.
 
WHERE:
Health Access
489 Washington Ave. Clarksburg, WV 26301
(304) 622-2708
 
STORY/ PHOTO OPS:
  • Photos of clinic staff and volunteers unloading World Vision truck
  • Videotape delivery and installation of equipment
  • Interview Midmark, Health Access and World Vision on-site staff: why these types of partnerships have such an impact and are making a difference in rural W. Virginia communities.

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About Midmark – Medical Division

Midmark Corporation brings efficient patient care to millions of people each day around the world. Midmark is committed to providing innovative products and services for the healthcare professional, integrating value-added technology into everything it does. By focusing on ways to constantly improve physician workflows, Midmark is redefining the future of the clinical space from the examination room to the procedure room. Its line of Midmark and Ritter products have become the industry standards in medical practices of all sizes, helping improve the patient experience while improving safety, ergonomics, productivity and profitability for the practice. Midmark’s line of digital diagnostic solutions, allow fast and easy capture, interpretation and retrieval of patient information for single practitioners to large physician groups and offer EHR/EMR integration. With more than 1,500 teammates worldwide, Midmark’s teammates are dedicated to making a positive difference in the practice of healthcare. Headquartered in Versailles, Ohio, Midmark Corporation maintains four subsidiaries in the United States. To support international healthcare markets, it holds subsidiaries in France, India and Italy. For more information about Midmark, visit midmarkclinicalsolutions.com or midmark.com.

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About World Vision
World Vision is a Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. For more information on their efforts, visit WorldVision.org/press or follow them on Twitter at @WorldVisionNews<