LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A new van outfitted with the latest heart imaging devices will soon be available for all East Texans.
The van is part of the partnership between CHI St.Luke's Memorial hospital and the Heart Institute. The van will be used for patients in the rural coverage areas as well as those who find it hard to make the drive to the hospital.
"Part of our mission has been to take the latest state of the art facilities to these communities rather it's Woodville, San Augustine, Hemphill and Center or Jasper," Dr. Mohammed Khan said.
For years, the East Texas region has ranked at the bottom of several statistics involving heart health around the state. The staff at the heart institute believe the van will bring much needed help to areas where not many medical services are available.
"Cardio vascular disease has been a major problem not just in East Texas but all over the country," Dr. Ilyas Mohammed said. "Making it easier for these patients to have access to these services is a big step forward."
The imaging van will also be taken to nursing homes and will be able to cut back on logistics of getting residents to the hospitals which included scheduling an ambulance pick up and having the ambulance wait on the patient.
"Driving is difficult for our elderly patients because of the cost of gas, the difficulty with some of these sick patients or can't find a family member to drive them," Khan said. "All that logistics limits compliance with patient care."
The hospital staff said the mobile imaging center will be ready to hit the roadways in mid February and will be available by appointment only. More information can be found by calling (936) 634-8900.