Tustin, CA, October 29, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- The Orange County Rescue Mission today announced it has partnered two major organizations to fund much-needed health services to children countywide.
The funding – $200,000 allocated by the Children and Families Commission of Orange County and $27,500 donated by American Career College – will enable the Orange County Rescue Mission to purchase and fully equip a state-of-the-art, mobile medical clinic that will visit and provide health services to children in targeted communities and schools throughout the county. The Commission’s allocation will be used to purchase a 39-foot RV that will hold three exam rooms, while the donation from American Career College will be used to purchase medical equipment to outfit the pediatric exam rooms providing a wide range of medical services.
“We are thrilled with this partnerships that will make a tremendous difference in the lives of Orange County’s most vulnerable citizens – children,” said Jim Palmer, president of the Orange County Rescue Mission. “American Career College teaming with the Commission results in our ability to expand greatly needed medical services for at-risk children. At a time when public funds are becoming more limited, the commitment of both the Commission and American Career College is all the more vital and appreciated,” continued Palmer.
The mobile clinic will offer primary care, acute care, sick visits, preventative care, asthma management, adolescent services, immunizations, vision care, dental care, and flu vaccinations.
“No child in Orange County should lack access to health care; it’s unconscionable for even one to go without it,” said Michael Ruane, executive director of the Children and Families Commission of Orange County. “Healthy children do better in school and in virtually every other aspect of life. We appreciate American Career College sharing our commitment to ensure children in Orange County are healthy and ready to learn.”
According to the 2007 California Health Interview Survey approximately 29,000 Orange County children are uninsured making access to health care more challenging.
“There is no better use of our resources than helping to ensure that Orange County’s children have regular access to vital health care services,” said David Pyle, founder and CEO of American Career College. “Our sole focus at American Career College is providing the finest health care education so that people of all ages and from all walks of life will have access to top-quality medical services.”
The mobile clinic will be operated and staffed by medical providers from the Hurtt Family Health Clinic, a Federally Qualified Health Center located at the Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope on the former Marine base in Tustin, Calif. According to Palmer the mobile clinic will serve homeless children and those at risk of becoming homeless in the communities of Santa Ana, Tustin, Anaheim, and Oak View in Huntington Beach. The mobile unit will begin serving children in spring 2011.
About the Orange County Rescue Mission
The Orange County Rescue Mission is a non-profit organization that uses Biblical principles in its programs such as relationships, finance, and parenting. The Orange County Rescue Mission’s innovative facilities and programs provide food assistance and shelter in addition to counseling, education, job training, mental wellness, life skill training, and medical services to provide a solid foundation for the transition to a self-sufficient life. To make a donation or inquire about volunteer opportunities with the Orange County Rescue Mission, please contact the Village of Hope at (714) 247-4300 or log on to www.rescuemission.org.
About the Children and Families Commission of Orange County
The Children and Families Commission of Orange County oversees the allocation of funds from Proposition 10, which added a 50-cent tax on tobacco products sold in California. Funds help pay for education, health care and child development programs for children from the prenatal stage to age five and their families. The Commission’s goal is to ensure all children are healthy and ready to learn when they enter school. For more information, please visit www.occhildrenandfamilies.com.
About American Career College
Since it was founded more than 30 years ago, American Career College has prepared thousands of talented men and women for personally rewarding careers in health care. The college has grown steadily and thoughtfully through the years, adding faculty, curricula and campuses to address the growing nationwide need for highly educated career health care employees. Today, with three locations in Southern California, including Orange County, and degree programs in nearly a dozen major and expanding areas of health care, American Career College is an admired leader in the demanding and challenging health care education field.