Posted December 13, 2012
The Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center has a new set of wheels promoting its clinics and health mission, thanks to the El Korah Sand Duners Shriners of Boise.
In February 2011, the Shriners donated a 1997 Ford diesel vehicle to the Meridian campus. Campus administrators planned to spruce up the 22-passenger bus and transport student clinicians and faculty to off-site health screenings among other uses.
Well, the bus is finally ready to roll with a shiny new bus wrap in Bengal orange and black, encouraging the community to "Be Healthy" and visit ISU-Meridian clinics.
"We also intend to use the bus to transport adults with no insurance or limited access to preventive health care to our monthly Community Health Screenings in Ada County," said ISU-Meridian Academic Dean Bessie Katsilometes.
The screenings are held in partnership with Ada County, Central District Health and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
Katsilometes praised Meridian's three-year partnership with the El Korah Shriners. Since 2010, Shriners have held an annual free community screening on the Meridian campus to evaluate children who need treatment for orthopedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns and cleft palate.