Teamwork: Members of Nashua’s two Rotary clubs get glimpse of hospital’s Mobile Health Clinic

Telegraph photo by DEAN SHALHOUP St. Joseph Hospital vice president of Mission Integration Kevin Flynn, left, talks with Nashua Rotarians John Parolin, center, and George Eftimiou outside the hospital's Mobile Health Clinic. The vehicle was on display during Monday's joint meeting of both Nashua Rotary clubs.

NASHUA – Members of Nashua’s two Rotary clubs dined together, paid “happy fines” together and sang songs together Monday, then filed out of the Nashua Country Club ballroom to tour St. Joseph Hospital’s Mobile Health Clinic.

Monday’s meeting was another in a series of joint meetings of Rotary Club of Nashua members and their counterparts from the Rotary Club of Nashua West, who alternate hosting duties to break bread and catch up on Rotary initiatives they have in common.

Once club business concluded, Rotarians were introduced to a pair of representatives of St. Joseph Hospital: Kevin Flynn, vice president of Mission Integration, and Jeannie Gonyer, program director for the Mobile Health Clinic.

The two began with an overview of the clinic, describing its implementation a few years ago, up to its January relaunch.

The clinic, housed in a nearly 40-foot Class A-style RV, was designed with people who face significant barriers to medical and dental care in mind, Gonyer said.

Telegraph photo by DEAN SHALHOUP Rotary members from two Nashua clubs talk outside St. Joseph Hospital Mobile Health Clinic, as they await a chance to tour the vehicle during Monday's joint meeting of the two clubs.

“Part of the purpose of the mobile clinic is to break down barriers to health care, and lack of transportation is a significant barrier,” she said.

The answer, Gonyer added, was to find a way “to go to the places where we can meet people’s needs.”

Those trips have been increasing in frequency since January, when the project began its relaunching events, Gonyer said.

“There’s been a lot of fundraising revolving around it,” she said.

Since Jan. 1, she added, the vehicle has been out as many as seven days per week.

Telegraph photo by DEAN SHALHOUP Jeannie Gonyer, program director for St. Joseph Hospital's Mobile Health Clinic, speaks with Rotarian John Parolin outside the mobile clinc, which was on display at Monday's joint meeting of Nashua's two Rotary clubs.

Rotarians took turns touring the vehicle, getting glimpses of its three main sections – an exam room, a treatment room and the dental room.

Ray Labrecque, who drives and maintains the clinic, guided the tours, answering questions and discussing the vehicle’s numerous features.