June 8, 2012 Mobile, Alabama—Providence Hospital, in cooperation with area human services agencies, will host a Healthcare Access Fair at Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin Street in Mobile, hospital leaders announced today. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held Tuesday, June 12, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

“The purpose of the Healthcare Access is to make people aware of the various ‘safety net’ facilities and organizations in our area,” said Lynn Tate, vice president of mission at Providence Hospital.  “Nationally, more than 46 million people lack health insurance coverage, including an estimated 80,000 adults in Mobile County,” said Tate.

A variety of health and human services organizations will participate in this event, including Alabama Arise (advocacy), Altapointe Health Systems (mental health services), Franklin Primary Health Center, Mobile County Health Department, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy, South Alabama Regional Planning Council and Via Health Services (senior services). Via will have its computer lab open for on-line enrollment in health services, and screenings/risk assessments will be performed by the various agencies.

“Our mission for more than 157 years has been to serve, care for and heal the residents of our area, with a special emphasis on those persons who are most vulnerable,” said Clark Christianson, president and CEO of the Providence Health Ministry.  “We appreciate those who are joining us on this occasion to educate our friends and neighbors on the many services available to them,” said Christianson.

About Providence Hospital
Providence Hospital, a 349-bed facility and member of Ascension Health, cares for more than 14,000 inpatients and 160,000 outpatients each year. Providence Hospital is affiliated with M. D. Anderson Physicians Network®, a subsidiary of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center recognized as the nation’s leader in cancer care. Other specialized services offered at Providence include open-heart surgery, obstetrics, a freestanding rehabilitation and wellness center and an Outpatient Center with dedicated outpatient diagnostic services and surgical suites. Providence has performed more open-heart surgeries than any other area hospital in five of the last seven years, and delivers more babies than any other private hospital in Mobile.

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Michael D. King
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