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Lincoln hospital gets new mobile unit

Lincoln hospital gets new mobile unit

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LINCOLN — Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital will unveil its HOPE mobile vehicle at an official ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday.

The vehicle, made possible by generous donations, will replace Logan County’s first mobile health unit, said Executive Director of Community Development Marty Ahrends, the hospital’s executive director of community development. The Healthy Communities Partnership is in charge of the mobile unit.

HOPE stands for Healthcare Oral Prevention Education.

"While the previous mobile health unit was used to exclusively deliver primary health care and public health service, the new HOPE mobile is equipped to deliver oral health care services as well," said Ahrends. "Children are invited to meet the HOPE mobile dentist, dental hygienist and nurse, tour the HOPE mobile and pick up a trick-or-treat bag."

The ceremony will be today from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. with a short presentation at 4 p.m. The event will held at the rear of the hospital, at the corner of Seventh and Walnut streets.

The HOPE mobile unit is an outreach of the Healthy Communities Partnership and a new service for the children of Logan County, said Ahrends.

She said as many as 800 children in Logan County need preventative oral health services, but go without due to lack of access to dental providers. Ahrends said children with oral health problems miss 12 times as many days of school as those with good oral health.

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