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Sat Oct 30 @09:00 - 11:30AM
Downtown Mobile Medical Clinic
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Downtown Mobile Medical Clinic

Mobile Medical Unit

It's big...and it's purple. Seriously. Some, like those involved with our ministry partners Food for Thought, call it "The Peanut Butter and Jelly Bus." Ken from another ministry partner, 1Matters, dubbed it "Zoomba's Magic Bus." Despite these apropos names, it has become most affectionately known as "Buszilla." It's big...and it's purple. Seriously.

As ridiculous as it sounds, "Buszilla" has become an icon in the city of Toledo since it's introduction in October of 2009. Wherever it goes, people honk and wave wildly. It's a little over the top sometimes, but that's only because when people see the big bus they know what it means.

It means hope. When "Buszilla" rolls up it means nurses will be aboard to check blood pressure readings and blood sugar levels, listen to heart and lungs, and give either the comfort of knowing one is ok for another week, or that there is trouble brewing and it needs to be addressed.

Every Saturday morning in downtown Toledo, in support and collaboration with Food for Thought and others, "Buszilla" takes preventative healthcare to people who are unhoused or inadequately housed, uninsured or under-insured. Many come every week, just wanting to find out how they're doing - some just so they can connect with somebody who'll care about them and their life and health. LifeLine's volunteer nurses have gained a reputation for dependability and genuine caring.

About once a month, the Black Bag Project (BBP) comes aboard the big purple mobile medical unit. On these days there is a doctor, a pharmacist, University of Toledo medical students, and nurses of the Neighborhood Health Association and Mildred Bayer Clinic for the Homeless (also ministry partners with LifeLine). On these days, triage operations are conducted outside the door of the bus, medical students interview patients to construct a complete medical history, the physician conducts a complete physical exam and writes prescriptions where they are warranted, the pharmacist calls the scripts in to the pharmacy at St. Vincent Mercy Hospital, and the meds are in the patient's hands before they leave the site. It's a great sight to behold!

Whether downtown on a Saturday morning, at a migrant worker camp in the late summer, or at a river side tent city, the purple bus means hope. The health needs of people who are often neglected are attended to by the medical professionals who serve aboard "Buszilla," lives are saved and worries allayed.

It's big...and it's purple. Seriously.