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U.S. Attorney General’s Office tours BON SECOURS CARE-A-VAN

Mobile Unit Provides Medical Care for Gang Reduction Program

Richmond, Va. (April 10, 2006) Assistant U.S. Attorney General Regina B. Schofield visited the Bon Secours Care-A-Van today as part of tour of Virginia’s Gang Reduction and Prevention Program (GRIP), which focuses on areas of Richmond known for gang-related activity.

Bon Secours mobile health unit’s medical team is the only medical service associated with GRIP. Schofield visited the Care-A-Van to see first hand how mobile health care is being used for residents in one of Richmond’s high-need areas.

In addition to Schofield, Peter Bernard, CEO of the Bon Secours Richmond Health System was joined by Virginia Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell and Richmond City Police Chief Rodney D. Monroe.

“This program is directly related to the Mission of Bon Secours,” said Bernard. “We are pleased to be part of a program that helps those in need and look forward to our continued partnership with the Office of the Attorney General.”

Bon Secours partnered with the Office of the Attorney General to provide obstetrics and gynecological care to residents. The effort is supported by a two-year $40,000 grant from the Attorney General’s Office. Bon Secours also provides in-kind care to at-risk children and high-risk young adults and their families in designated GRIP areas.

The Bon Secours Care-A-Van has been in operation for 12 years, serving residents in the Richmond metropolitan area with free primary, urgent and preventative care. It started in 1994 as an immunization van and evolved to a mobile care unit that logged 11,000 patient visits in 2005.

This spring, Bon Secours added a second mobile unit in an effort to reach more patients in need. In addition to Richmond and surrounding counties, the Care-A-Van services patients in Powhatan, Amelia, Colonial Heights, Petersburg, Hopewell, New Kent and Charles City.

The Bon Secours Richmond Health System, a not-for-profit health system, is a member of Bon Secours Health System Inc., a national Catholic health care system with a healing ministry that serves 15 communities in nine states throughout the eastern United States.

For more information on the Care-A-Van contact Eletta Hansen, director of community health services for Bon Secours at (804) 545-1930.

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