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St. Bernard Hospital’s Pediatric Mobile Unit Marks 20 Years of Bringing Healthcare to Children in Need

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In a monthslong celebration of two decades of dedicated service, St. Bernard Hospital’s Pediatric Mobile Unit is commemorating its 20th anniversary. The mobile unit, a beacon of hope for children and families in need, has played a critical role in providing accessible healthcare services to those who may otherwise have faced barriers to medical care.

Since its inception in 2003, the pediatric mobile unit has traversed Chicago’s South Side, bringing routine preventative care directly to underserved communities, schools and daycare centers. In partnership with Chicago Public Schools, the mobile unit has served thousands of youths whose families have limited access to healthcare and little time by providing necessary immunizations and physical examinations. Since 2013, more than 15,700 CPS school students have received services.

“The genesis for St. Bernard’s Pediatric Mobile Unit was to improve Englewood’s standing as a community with one of the lowest medical compliance rates for childhood immunization in the country,” said St. Bernard Hospital president and CEO Charles Holland. “The longevity of the mobile unit’s presence in the community is a testament to the profound impact the mobile unit team and its services have on young people’s lives.”

The hospital’s pediatric mobile unit, equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment, two exam rooms and staffed by dedicated healthcare professionals, has offered the community a range of medical care. From sports and annual physicals and vaccinations and health education, it has been a vital resource for children’s health and well-being. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the pediatric mobile unit was instrumental in helping hundreds of Chicago Public School students get COVID-19 vaccinations to return to in-person learning. Through the mobile unit’s work, schools have improved to 90% medical compliance for over 80% of the facilities that the program services.

“Earle Elementary School leverages the St. Bernard Hospital Pediatric mobile unit to keep our young learners in medical compliance,” said Kimberly Sykes, Earle, School counselor. “Our school receives a letter grade from the school district for compliance and the mobile unit helps us to maintain positive scores.”

St. Bernard Hospital staff and community members are thrilled to reflect on the unit’s impact and strong connection to the Englewood community. The mobile unit also serves as an educational resource for families, helping them make informed decisions about their children’s health.

“For Urban Prep Academies for Young Men in Englewood and Bronzeville, the St. Bernard Hospital Pediatric Mobile Unit is a viable resource, said Brandon Lenore, director of student programs and community partnerships for Urban Prep Academies. “A lot of families in our school network do not have the time or the options to have their students go and get normal physicals or checkups as well as the mandated immunizations. The mobile unit comes and is always professional and on time and ensures that our young men remain in medical compliance and are protected from potential illnesses.”

For more information about the pediatric mobile unit’s services and impact on South Side communities, watch our video here. To schedule the pediatric mobile health unit to visit your school, daycare or community event, please call 773-962-4121 or visit stbh.org.

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