St. Joseph Hospital’s Mobile Health Clinic
Improves Community Outreach and Greater Nashua’s Access to Care
Access to Care
“At St. Joseph Hospital, we understand that access to health care for some Greater Nashua residents is a challenge,” explains Kevin Flynn, vice president of Mission Integration. “As a Catholic health ministry, we take great pride in our mission to deliver care for all, especially the underserved.”
‘Driven’ to Educate and Screen
The mobile health clinic offers educational materials on topics including diabetes, heart disease and obesity – and health screenings for A1C, BMI, blood pressure and cholesterol are routinely administered.
“I am a Nashua native and have worked at the hospital for a several years. I’m familiar with the city and the 12 surrounding communities we serve,” says Jeannie Gonyer, MSN, RN, who now manages the program. “I’m also passionate about our mission to expand outreach and educate those in need of access to health care.”
Welcomed by the Community
“We’re seeing patients from high risk populations who often visit emergency departments. We hope the clinic will help reduce those visits and keep chronic conditions from advancing to a point where higher cost care is needed,” Gonyer observes. “Happily, the community knows St. Joseph Hospital’s mission. They trust us and welcome us. By traveling to people and seeing them where they are comfortable, we’re confident we can improve patient outcomes through education, prevention and detection.”
Collaborating with Rivier University
St. Joseph Hospital collaborated with Rivier University to staff the clinic several days each week at community events and in underserved neighborhoods. Staff includes a driver, registered nurse, clinical instructor and two nursing students.
This year, the clinic had a presence at United Way of Greater Nashua’s Blizzard Blast, Pink Ride – a snowmobile ride that has raised $120,000 for the hospital’s Breast Care Center – and the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter’s 5k/10k races. The team looks forward to attending more events to continue its ongoing outreach to low-income residents.
Made Possible by Generous Support
The mobile health clinic was purchased with support from All Metals, Eaton & Berube Insurance, Dartmouth Hitchcock, Harvey Construction, Demoulas Market Basket Foundation, Rivier University and United Way of Greater Nashua. Support was also received from fundraising events and individual/corporate donations.
Connect with Us
Contact Jeannie Gonyer, program manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org to have the mobile clinic at your community event.