NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation, the charitable arm of the NEA Baptist Health System, has received a donation of $1.6 million from Kim and Chris Fowler. This gift will fund a comprehensive mobile health unit in Jonesboro that will deliver care to underinsured and uninsured individuals in underserved communities in Northeast Arkansas.
The mobile health unit, nicknamed Big Blue, will be equipped with technology to perform breast cancer screenings, community health screenings, sports physicals and an in-game athletics clinic, wellness and preventative visits, vaccination clinics, pandemic rapid response and interventional resources. It will also have mobile digital x-ray equipment, a mammography unit, lab equipment and a comfortable exam space for patients.
“Since 1912, Baptist’s mission has been to care for the Mid-South communities it serves, including ours here in northeast Arkansas,” said Sam Lynd, CEO and administrator at NEA Baptist. “The Fowler’s gift to fund our mobile health unit is a major step in fulfilling our vision of bringing an expert system of care to patients wherever they are.”
NEA Baptist is collaborating with Odulair, a leader in the mobile health unit marketplace, to produce Big Blue by the end of October 2022.
NEA Baptist Health System comprises NEA Baptist Clinic, NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital and NEA Baptist Fowler Family Center for Cancer Care.