Laurel Woman's Club donates $10,000 to Governor's Wellmobile Program

Group Efforts

  • From left, Woman's Club of Laurel member Kathy Hanns; Susan Antol, Kathryn Montgomery and Stacey Conrad from the University of Maryland School of Nursing; and club president Jennifer McLaughlin at the club's donation presentation May 5.
From left, Woman's Club of Laurel member Kathy Hanns;… (Courtesy photo )
May 27, 2011

Laurel Woman's Club

At its May 5 meeting, the GFWC Woman's Club of Laurel presented a $10,000 gift to the University of Maryland School of Nursing for the school's Governor's Wellmobile Program.

The club made the donation as part of its Community Improvement Project and to support the health care and financial issues facing the community.

Associate Dean Kathryn Lothschuetz Montgomery, PhD, RN NEA-BC; Wellmobile and School-Based Program Director Susan Antol, MS, RN; and Assistant Director of Development Stacey Conrad, accepted the donation on behalf of the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

Established in 1994, the Wellmobile program was developed as a community partnership model that provides mobile nurse-managed primary health care to the underserved and uninsured populations in Maryland. The 36-foot-long Wellmobile unit is a fully equipped mobile medical clinic, including two exam rooms staffed by nurse practitioners and student nurses from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Four mobile units were in operation until budget cuts in fiscal year 2010 forced a reduction in services. The sole operating unit services central Maryland, including Prince George's and Montgomery counties, because this region has the state's lowest ratio of federally qualified health centers to underserved populations.

The Wellmobile is currently at Deerfield Run Elementary School on the first and third Mondays of the month. It also operates in Adelphi, Greenbelt, Bladensburg, Seat Pleasant and Takoma Park.

Children and adults are served by this program for primary health care, health education and social service needs. It replaces many emergency room visits at area hospitals for the population served by the unit.

The Woman's Club of Laurel, which has completed 101 years of community service, raised the money for the Wellmobile donation through its fundraising efforts.

For a photo of the presentation, go to http://www.laurelleader.com.http://www.laurelleader.com.

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