Ascension St. Vincent's HealthCare
Medical Mission at Home
Ascension St. Vincent’s HealthCare Medical Mission at Home is a personalized, guided health care tour with follow-up care designed for low-income individuals in the Jacksonville area. Held yearly since 2016, the event is being duplicated later in 2019 in sister hospital Ascension Sacred Heart in Pensacola.
Finding health and social services can be cumbersome and overwhelming. Every year, Medical Mission at Home brings dozens of community resources and hundreds of volunteers together under one roof in downtown Jacksonville. When patients visit Medical Mission at Home, “navigators” are paired with patients and their families to give a personalized walk through the event. These navigators ensure patients visit each station fitting their specific needs. The program has been a tremendous success connecting patients to the services they desperately need but did not know they could access.
Through a partnership with Feeding Northeast Florida, all participants of Medical Mission at Home received free bags of food, including protein bars, corn, snacks, applesauce, fresh squash, carrots, cabbage and watermelon.
Medical Mission at Home is special because it is not simply a one-day event, but only the first step in the health care connection. If patients need follow-up care, their charts are marked for case management to schedule appointments with pre-approved providers who have agreed to take new patients, regardless of income or insurance status. Additionally, patients without a medical home are joined with one. No patients are left behind, and each one is positioned to step into a healthier future, empowered by the many resources around them.
Medical Mission at Home also makes a tremendous impact on the community because of the magnitude of in-kind support. Every year, more than 400 associates volunteer at the event. This year, $170,000 of in-kind labor, facilities, transportation and medical care were provided. Ascension St. Vincent’s HealthCare paid for $68,000 in resources that could not be donated. This program is successful because it is a community-driven investment.
On April 27, 2019, the volunteers cared for 335 adults and 42 children.
- 373 medical exams
- 34 cardiology care
- 17 pulmonology care
- 50 skin cancer screenings
- 20 physical therapy
- 187 foot washing
- 63 podiatry care
- 197 vision screenings
- 24 behavioral health care
- 63 diabetes education
- 79 hearing screenings
- 67 ear washings
- 33 dental procedures
- 34 haircuts
- 304 prescriptions
- 700 bags of food
- 229 patients received clothing
- 99 follow-up appointments scheduled