Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Optometry and Molina Healthcare will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Mobile Eyecare Unit at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 2, 2017 at WesternU’s Health Education Center, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, California 91766. Click here for more information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/westernu-college-of-optometry-mobile-eyecare-unit-ribbon-cutting-ceremony-tickets-39506640425

Molina Healthcare of California made a significant donation to WesternU to enable the purchase and equipping of the 39-foot comprehensive Mobile Eyecare Unit.

The unit, which houses three eye exam lanes and an exam room, will provide access to health care for those living in rural areas, patients residing in nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities, and those whose status prevents them from being transported for doctor visits. The unit also will provide rehabilitative care for the visually impaired and those with special needs. The College of Optometry is planning to take the mobile unit into the community and examine patients starting in January 2018.

“The mobile unit will not only improve the eyesight of so many in need, it will also change their lives,” said Deborah Miller, president of Molina Healthcare of California. “Our partnership with WesternU gives us the unique opportunity to continue with our mission of providing underserved communities with access to high-quality care.”

“The Mobile Eyecare Unit represents a wonderful partnership between Molina Healthcare and WesternU’s Eye Care Institute,” said WesternU College of Optometry Founding Dean Elizabeth Hoppe, OD, MPH, DrPH. “The program will allow us to serve people in need of eye care in a location where they feel comfortable, right in their own communities. Using the mobile unit improves access to care and eliminates needless barriers.”