The Newest Crews’n Healthmobile for Homeless Youth Revealed at PCH
Did you know there are approximately 27,000 homeless individuals in Phoenix? Many of these people are children living in shelters or on the street, deprived of the most basic and essential needs. Yesterday was a meaningful day for these children, the community and Phoenix Children’s Crews’n Healthmobile program that works to serve these amazing kids.
The brand new Crews’n Healthmobile was presented yesterday to the Phoenix community at a dedication event at PCH. Physicians, donors and families served by the Crews’n Healthmobile had a chance to share amazing stories of impact with members of our community.
A former patient of the Crews’n Healthmobile, Michelle Ray and daughter Uriel, 8-years-old brought people to tears with her inspirational story. Michelle and Uriel were once homeless and after being touched by the compassion of the Crews’n staff, she is now on her way to becoming a nurse and graduates in May. Thank you Michelle for inspiring us all!
The new unit is now ready to hit the road to begin serving our most vulnerable populations at the beginning of 2015. The new Crews’n Healthmobile will provide mobile medical services to homeless youth and is considered one of the most technologically advanced mobile medical units in the country.
This new unit was made possible by the remarkable support of our community. The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation gift of $1.5 million was the lead gift for the project. Other generous gifts by Barry and Barbara Zemel, Thunderbirds Charities and Tom and Joan from the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation made the project possible.
“Right now, we have about 1800 unique patients per year through 4,000 medical visits. Because of the generosity of our donors, and the extra mobile units and full medical teams we recently acquired, we can make a huge difference in these devastating numbers. I believe we can increase our patient load by at least 25 percent,” said Randy Christensen, MD, medical director of the Crews’n Healthmobile.
Every child counts and we are excited to begin serving the community!
To learn more about the program or to find ways to get involved, visit www.crewsnhealthmobile.com.
Willow is bouncing up and down on her bed at Phoenix Children's Hospital, and wriggling to the music. Her eyes are brighter and her small, chunky body moves with the beat. In some ways, she looks like a typical one-year-old, the apple of her mom’s eye.
Many parents worry over their children’s health; for health care professionals who are also parents, the worries seem to double every time they see a new illness or try to help a child recover from a serious accident.
Last month, we were faced with an important problem here at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Several of the Radio Flyer wagons that we use to transport young patients around the Hospital had gone missing and needed to be replaced. These wagons provide invaluable comfort to little ones who are already dealing with a lot while in an unfamiliar environment.