An initiative of the Southcoast Community Benefits Program, the Southcoast Wellness Van travels across the region to bring free health screenings to your community. In fulfilling its mission to serve others and promote the optimal health and well-being of the individuals in the communities we serve, the van provides readily available medical care for those who may not have access.
Southcoast works with other community organizations at sites throughout Greater Fall River, New Bedford, Wareham and surrounding communities. The Southcoast Wellness Van coordinates with community agencies, such as school departments, councils on aging, health centers and the housing authority to reach the people who need these services the most — seniors, teens and families and homeless who do not have access to medical care.
Free Health Services Available on the Southcoast Wellness Van
- Blood pressure screening
- Cholesterol screening
- Glucose (diabetes) screenings
- Medical physician referral
- Education on stroke prevention
- Nutritional information & education
- Health education services
- Teen resource information/confidential pregnancy tests
- STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) information services
- Family planning referral
Throughout the year, the van also works in partnership with the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care and Southcoast Physicians Group to offer free cancer screenings and education.
Reaching Out to You
Southcoast Hospitals are reaching out to people with identified health risks who may not have access to health care by working with community organizations throughout the region.
The van's staff identifies people with medical problems and refers them to physicians, community agencies or medical facilities before their medical problem becomes more serious. The van is staffed by registered nurses and certified assistants.
To view the Current Wellness Van schedule click here.
Let us come to you!
The visit is free but your health is priceless. You can schedule the Wellness Van to go to your business, charity, church, school or community event. To learn more, contact:
You can be a hometown hero!
Giving locally makes a difference, because every pint of blood that's donated to the Southcoast Blood Bank stays right here in our communities, providing life-saving treatment to patients at Southcoast Hospitals. Some of these people in need may be your friends, relatives, co-workers or schoolmates.
Many area residents have told us they would be more likely to give blood if our donation center were right around the corner. And, because the demand for blood is constant, we make it easy to donate by driving our Blood Donor Mobile to you!
Comfortably accommodating up to four donors at once, our mobile makes it easier and more convenient for you to donate blood today. Check the schedule for a blood drive near you.
Or, let us come to you!
Participating in a blood drive is an investment that yields a rewarding return, knowing that you have saved lives. Make it an event and schedule a blood drive today at a school, business or organization throughout the South Coast region and we’ll travel to you. To schedule a blood drive today, contact:
Southcoast Blood Bank
101 Page Street
New Bedford, MA 02740