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Kona Community Hospital - Mobile Medical Van

Kealakekua, HI

What is it?
Kona Community Hospital (KCH), the Hawaii legislature and Hawaii Medical Services Association launched a mobile medical van in spring 2012, with KCH contributing medical expertise and staff to coordinate services. Van services began at the Pahala Elementary School campus but now also serve the Ocean View community. Services – all of which are free – focus on screening, testing, prevention education, immunizations and school physicals. Children and adults needing special medical care can be monitored through online telehealth, which provides immediate access to specialists.

Who is it for?
Initially, the goal was to improve capacity for medical services to underserved schoolchildren in Kau, but all residents are welcome.

Why do they do it?
Health care services are much needed in the southernmost region of Hawaii Island, the island’s most remote and underserved area.

Since January 2013, approximately 500 residents have been seen on the van for a variety of services. Since June, more than 400 Tdap immunizations have been administered.

Contact: Judy Donovan
Regional Director, Marketing
Telephone: 808-322-6960

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