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St. Vincent’s to Provide Free Healthcare to Uninsured & Underinsured at Inaugural Medical Mission at Home

(Video from the last Medical Mission at Home at Saint Thomas Health in Nashville, TN) 

St. Vincent’s HealthCare, a ministry of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit healthcare system, is making final preparations for its inaugural Medical Mission at Home. The event is Saturday, March 5thfrom 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Advanced Technology Center in downtown Jacksonville. Volunteers will provide free basic medical care to hundreds of people in need and will connect them to medical homes and clinics to provide ongoing care.

“Many organizations, including St. Vincent’s HealthCare, support global mission trips that provide free medical care to the underserved. But there are thousands of people right here in our own community who can’t get access to the healthcare they need because they are uninsured or underinsured,” said St. Vincent’s HealthCare President & CEO, Mike Schatzlein, M.D. “This Medical Mission at Home pays tribute to our founders and continues our tradition of providing care to those most in need.”

Throughout the day, volunteers will provide free medical and social services to people in need. Patient navigators will guide participants throughout the entire process. Free services to be provided include:

· Basic medical care and testing

· Behavioral health consultations

· Skin cancer, vision and hearing screenings

· Wellness and financial information

· Social services

· Spiritual care

St. Vincent’s and its partners have developed referral plans for participants needing care beyond the event. Volunteers will also be on hand to discuss available health insurance options and to assist with enrollment.

Medical Mission at Home is part of a national effort by Ascension and its caregivers to host similar events across the country. To date, Ascension has held Medical Mission at Home events in Tennessee, Washington DC, New York, Alabama and Connecticut, and plans to expand to other markets in the coming months to meet individual and community health needs.

To learn more about the Medical Mission at Home, visit www.medicalmissionathome.org.