Self Regional Healthcare unveiled their latest community outreach effort, the Self Regional Health Express, at the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours, which was held at SRH’s Support Services Center.
“The Health Express will travel to each of the six counties we serve – Greenwood, Laurens, Edgefield, Abbeville, McCormick and Saluda counties,” said SRH CEO Jim Pfeiffer. “It is equipped with two complete exam rooms and will be used for education, various screenings and community outreach.”
Neal Asman, vice president of strategy and community outreach for SRH, said the investment in the 42-foot mobile vehicle was driven by the community’s health needs as well as the need to make health care more accessible.
“The Health Express is a visible reminder of Self Regional’s commitment to community outreach and community health improvement,” Asman said. “Being able to bring these services into underserved communities will improve access to resources to help people improve their health.”
The Health Express will begin making public appearances on May 18 in Uptown Greenwood, a day which was also proclaimed “Let’s Get Physical in Greenwood Day” by Greenwood Mayor Welborn Adams at the unveiling.
“Clearly we have a problem with our obesity rate,” Adams said. “That is why the City of Greenwood is partnering with Self Regional Healthcare and Velux to bring a farmer’s market to Maxwell Avenue. We want to make the healthy choice the easy choice.”
Adams noted that Greenwood ranks eighth in South Carolina for obesity, with an obesity rate of 37.7 percent. He also noted that 43.8 percent of adults in Greenwood do not meet physical activity requirements and 83.9 percent of adults do not eat enough fruits and vegetables.
The Health Express was funded by donors in the community through the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation.
“We sincerely appreciate, and the community thanks, the Foundation donors for helping to make the Health Express a reality." said Adams.