HUNTSVILLE, Ala- Alabama A & M University (AAMU), Huntsville Hospital and Toyota are developing a mobile health clinic initiative to provide free COVID-19 testing to underserved communities in Madison County. Launching later this year, the mobile medical clinic program has the capacity to test up to 50 people per day for COVID-19 while deployed at neighborhood locations, serving walk-in patients.
'We are grateful for this incredible support and partnership with Toyota and Alabama A&M University,' said David Spillers, CEO of Huntsville Hospital Health System. 'Our Health System exists to serve our communities. This partnership enables our organizations to provide vital health care services to our underserved population.'
The collaboration evolved from a partnership established in 2018 between Toyota and Alabama A&M to identify and solve mobility-related community needs. Toyota provided grant funding and Toyota Way training to support a student-led program where assessments and research were conducted to determine the need and develop a solution.
AAMU President, Dr. Andrew Hugine stated that 'This initiative is one more of the many outreach efforts on the part of the University to improve the lives of our citizens. Education must be holistic, addressing all factors that contribute to the advancement, including ensuring a healthy populace.'
With COVID-19 testing needs on the rise, AAMU allocated $100,000 of its Toyota funding to Huntsville Hospital Foundation to support the cause, and Huntsville Hospital stepped in to offer clinical services and training for AAMU students in the field.
'Increased testing is vital to slowing the spread of the virus, but not everyone can access current testing sites. For Toyota, mobility is more than just moving people from point A to point B, it's also about finding better ways to bring critical services to people,' said Dave Finch, Toyota Alabama President. 'Bringing together the right partners to better serve the community is something we are continuously looking to do.'
The mobile medical clinic, comprised of two mobile units, will work collaboratively with the City of Huntsville's COVID-19 response plan and goals to increase local testing options that do not require doctor's orders. In the future, the unit will have the capacity to provide preventative care and health screening services.
'We thank our partners at Toyota, Huntsville Hospital and Alabama A & M for supporting our community in its response to COVID-19. Adding testing capacity to at-risk populations is important to us as we fight back against the spread of the virus. Collaborations like this are key to developing solutions that will further our efforts to help keep people safe,' said Huntsville Mayor, Tommy Battle.
For more information on the launch and how to schedule, visit Huntsville Hospital's mobile medical unit website.
About Huntsville Hospital Health System
Huntsville Hospital has operated as a community-owned hospital since 1895. Today, the hospital is the second largest facility in the state and the centerpiece of a multi-hospital Health System across north Alabama, serving as the regional referral and trauma center for more than a million residents of the Tennessee Valley. Huntsville Hospital Health System operates hospitals in Huntsville, Madison, Athens, Decatur, Boaz-Albertville, Guntersville-Arab, Sheffield, and Red Bay. The Health System includes more than 2,000 licensed beds for patient care and employs more than 15,000 persons.
About Alabama A & M University
Alabama A&M University is a dynamic and progressive, more than 145-year-old land-grant institution with a strong commitment to academic excellence. The picturesque campus is situated on what many alumni and friends fondly refer to as 'The Hill,' only a few miles from downtown Huntsville. Fully accredited, AAMU offers numerous undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including four doctoral (Ph.D.) degree programs in Food Science, Physics, Plant and Soil Science, and Reading/Literacy.
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 40 million cars and trucks in North America, where we have 14 manufacturing plants, 15 including our joint venture in Alabama (10 in the U.S.), and directly employ more than 47,000 people (over 36,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold nearly 2.8 million cars and trucks (nearly 2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2019.
Through the Start Your Impossible campaign, Toyota highlights the way it partners with community, civic, academic and governmental organizations to address our society's most pressing mobility challenges. We believe that when people are free to move, anything is possible. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.
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