New Healthy Rides Initiative to Benefit Greene County Residents
Greene County Public Health, along with Greene County Medical Center and the Foundation, is excited to launch a new initiative called Healthy Rides. Healthy Rides is a program that will provide transportation for Greene County residents to medical appointments at Greene County Medical Center or McFarland Clinic in Jefferson at no cost. Residents are able to use these services right now Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Greene County Public Health Director Becky Wolf commented, “I am so excited for Healthy Rides. Public Health found there was a great need in the community for transportation to appointments. This new initiative eliminates the challenge of no transportation to appointments and allows some residents to get healthcare opportunities they weren’t able to receive before.”
Grow Greene County generously funded the vehicle that will be used for Healthy Rides. Drivers for the program will be volunteer based. The Greene County Medical Center Foundation is supporting the project through yearly maintenance of the vehicle along with providing funds to have marketing materials for the program developed. This program receives Elderbridge Agency on Aging funds as well.
Riders must be able to independently walk to and from the vehicle. No assistance will be provided and the vehicle is not handicap accessible. Riders must also be over the age of 18 or children must be accompanied by an adult.
If you are in need of transportation please call Greene County Public Health to schedule, 515-386-3228. If you are interested in volunteering as a driver for Healthy Rides, please contact Public Health as well. Volunteer drivers are an important component of the program. Training will be provided for our volunteer drivers. Visit www.gcmchealth.com/healthyrides for more information on the program.