Reaching Out to the Community
For many years, the TGMC Outreach Services have provided needed healthcare to literally thousands of local residents each year. Among the numerous classes and services, a few of the many diversified areas of healthcare covered are diabetes care, support groups, cardio-vascular educational programs, weight control workshops, and, of course, flu shots.
Although many people take advantage of these wonderful services, many others are not able to get proper transportation on a regular basis or for special programs. It is for this reason that TGMC, though the use of donor driven contributions through The Foundation for Terrebonne General Medical Center, is planning the purchase and furbishing on an outreach medical vehicle to regularly visit the Terrebonne Council on Aging Senior Centers, the various VFW and American Legion Centers and possibly other familiar centers located throughout the parish on a regular basis. TGMC healthcare professionals could check blood pressure, distribute information on a variety of topics, conduct “mini-seminars” on specific areas of healthcare if a sufficient number of people request it and, possibly, administer flu shots to people at a minimal cost. Using the outreach, TGMC will be able to go to the patients in their individual neighborhoods and administer mostly preventative care and advise residents if they should seek additional healthcare opportunities with their family doctor or from other sources. It will be strictly through community donations to the Foundation that this most worthy program will be able to work.