Helping those in your Community
Many people think of going to a hospital only for emergencies such as accidents or sudden and severe health problems or, during happier times, for the birth of a new family member. TGMC stands ready to handle these routine medical needs with exceptional healthcare and compassion.
However, TGMC prides itself in taking healthcare one step further. It is the belief of the TGMC Administration that preventative healthcare will enable area residents to remain in better health so as to prevent the necessity of hospital admission. On an economic prospective, preventative healthcare saves money for the general public, for insurance companies and for the medical center. Among the many preventative services currently offered by TGMC, the following are some of among the most utilized:
- Routine cancer screenings
- Smoking cessation
- Smart portions (healthy eating)
- Cardiac screenings
The initial thrust of the Foundation will be to enhance TGMC’s ability for expanded Outreach Services. The plan is to purchase and furbish a medical vehicle to allow TGMC’s healthcare professionals to go into the individual communities of Terrebonne and allow citizens, especially the elderly and younger children, to go to the healthcare professionals in the vehicle in their own communities. Initial target sites are the Senior Centers administered by the Terrebonne Council on Aging, VFW and American Legion Centers and, especially during summer months, summer youth camps. Healthcare professionals will be able to check blood pressure, inquire and answer basic health questions, administer flu shots, and, on occasion, conduct mini-workshops on such topics as diabetes, obesity, cardio-vascular issues, etc. While routine mini check-ups will allow senior citizens to be better informed of their health related issues, it will also encourage younger people to realize, at an early age, that maintaining good health is their responsibility. For both age groups, the check-ups will encourage and promote the importance of diet and exercise to maintain a healthy body and mind.
With the help of the community, The Foundation for Terrebonne General Medical Center will provide the needed funds so that TGMC may provide the expanded Outreach Services at no or little cost to the recipients of this special traveling care unit.