Special to Atmore News
The Wheels of Wellness program announced recently that Victoria Williams has joined as the program transporter. The Wheels of Wellness program provides transportation services for healthcare appointments and treatments of pediatric patients and expectant mothers without other means of transportation. These transportation services are offered for both local healthcare appointments as well as healthcare appointments at larger medical facilities for medical treatments not available in Escambia County. The service is available county-wide.
“The Health Care Authority is thankful for the years of service provided by Mr. Chad Hartley,” said Stephen Fischer, CEO of the Escambia County Health Care Authority. “We wish Chad the best in his new endeavors at D.W. McMillan Hospital.”
With the replacement of Hartley, the Wheels of Wellness will continue under the leadership of new transporter, Victoria Williams. Williams joins the Wheels of Wellness after previously working for Volunteers of America serving Escambia County. Williams also has experience with Alorica, Little Hands Daycare and H&R Block. She is a graduate of Ultimate Medical Academy in Tampa, Fla. with an Associate Degree in Medical Billing and Coding. She is also a graduate of W.S. Neal High School.
The Wheels of Wellness program started as a way to transport children safely to health care services not available in the local area and later expanded to include transportation for expected mothers. The Coalition for a Healthier Escambia County, The Escambia County Health Care Authority and various other community organizations collaborated to start the program in October of 2006.
The program operates on an average monthly operating budget of about $3,000, or $36,000 annually. Thankfully, various individuals and community-based organizations have sponsored ongoing financial support of the program, with the Escambia County Health Care Authority also making ongoing operating support contributions. The Wheels of Wellness program is constantly looking for financial support and anyone who has interest in supporting it can make a financial contribution as follows:
Wheels of Wellness
C/O Escambia County Health Care Authority
PO Box 908
Brewton, AL 36427.