CareFIRST Carolina Foundation, the supporting foundation for CareSOUTH Carolina, is proud to partner with MAKO Medical Laboratories on the new ROADS Team mobile health center. This unit will be used to improve health access for children in a five county service area. There are an estimated seven thousand children in Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Lee and Marlboro counties with no access to a health care home.
MAKO Medical saw the need for this unit and has agreed to invest in the health care of area children by supporting the new ROADS Team program. MAKO Medical has a long history of supporting community and veterans programs in areas they do business. Chad Price, CEO and Fain Buete of MAKO Medical Labs presented CareFIRST Carolina Foundation with a $30,000.00 donation to be used in support of the effort to make quality health care more accessible to our area children.
Chad Price, CEO stated that “MAKO strives to impact the local communities we serve through our giving and volunteering. MAKO wants to make a difference in people’s lives outside of lab services. MAKO desires to be known as a community partner that performs superior laboratory services. Our entrenchment in our local communities drives our team to succeed.”
CareFIRST Carolina Foundation President Karen Currin and the Board of CareFIRST began this mobile health care project in August of 2014 as a three year project and MAKO was the first partner to share their vision.
This unit will be used in local schools and staffed by CareSOUTH Carolina employees, a nurse practitioner, LPN, a medical office assistant and a community health worker as coordinator. Currin stated “This investment is a wonderful gift to bring this program to reality. We are so grateful that MAKO will help share our vision of better health care for all our residents.”
CareSouth Carolina CEO – Ann Lewis stated: “This investment in our mission is an exciting first step into the future of mobile services for our organization. We have supplied portable dental services to many of the area school children and this new Mobile Health Center will allow us the flexibility and portability of a medical site in very rural areas. This is a wonderful start to Care Souths 35th year of service to the Pee Dee Region. The ROADS Team stands for: Reaching Out And Delivering Services, and that is what is planned for this 40 ft. mobile health center. Schools, local industries as well as outreach events will allow health care services to be delivered where the need is greatest.”
CareFIRST Carolina Foundation director Mark Sobiski stated “After my first meeting with Chad Price it was evident that their commitment to local communities was a huge part of their business model. Their understanding of the needs of our patients and willingness to commit their resources to improve the lives of others reflects the compassion and leadership of the MAKO Medical Lab Team.”