North Canyon Medical Center Takes Drawing Blood On The Road
Hagerman, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV )
The North Canyon Medical Center is doing its part to help patients by hitting the road.
Every week a lab technician travels to Wendell and Hagerman to draw blood for patients.
Says Shellie Amundson, Community Relations Director, "it’s a great program for our community members because it does save them the travel time, especially in the winter where we have terrible roads."
Ashley Huber, lab technician, adds, "There's a lot of people that don't have transportation and they live right around the senior center so they can just walk in, go home, and be done with it."
New patients need to bring a physician order for lab work and Insurance cards.
Says Huber, "it's fast, you come in and bring our papers there is really no registration process so it's a little faster than going to the hospital. I really enjoy it, I've met a lot of people and it's a great community."
The Hagerman location sees about 15–20 patients every Monday.
But the success of the program doesn't stop there.
"We also go to Wendell senior center every other Monday and we're currently working with Shoshone Senior center to go there every other Friday so the program is really growing."
And where did the idea for the program come from?
Says Amundson, "the inspiration comes from the community members. They are the ones that say what about this and we think of the ideas and implement them."
Making the community a healthier place, one needle at a time.
For more information on how to get involved, you can call the lab at 934-4463.