Huntington National Bank Continues Support of OhioHealth Wellness on Wheels With $1 Million Gift
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OhioHealth is pleased to announce that Huntington National Bank has extended its philanthropic support of OhioHealth Wellness on Wheels (WOW) with a $1 million gift that will allow WOW to continue to bring essential primary care services to those in our community who otherwise may not have convenient access to care.
This investment will allow for the operations of Wellness on Wheels Primary Care to remain as a community hub, connecting patients to a medical home regardless of their ability to pay and advancing health equity.
With Huntington’s support in 2017, OhioHealth was able to expand WOW to provide primary care services. The program, celebrating 30 years of community care this month, began with a focus on women’s health offering prenatal, postpartum and women’s health services.
“OhioHealth is grateful to Huntington National Bank for expanding their partnership with Wellness on Wheels,” said Karen Morrison, President, OhioHealth Foundation and Senior Vice President, OhioHealth. “This generous gift means Wellness on Wheels Primary Care can continue as a vital program which has become a national model where clinicians and staff have been able to build trust, remove barriers and extend primary care to thousands of patients every year.”
“At Huntington, strengthening the communities we serve is an essential tenet of the way we do business,” said Sue Zazon, Central Ohio Regional President. “This partnership with Ohio Health’s Wellness on Wheels program is an essential tool in our community’s efforts to provide equitable access to healthcare for everyone in Columbus, and we are proud to be involved.”
The WOW mobile unit offers three locations for comprehensive primary care in central Ohio (Hilltop YMCA, Van Buren Shelter and Linden Opportunity Center), with services for adults including:
· Annual physicals and wellness exams
· Preventative health services and immunizations
· Adult sick visits
· Diabetes and hypertension treatment and counseling
· Social needs screenings and community resource referrals
Over 6,100 patients have been served through WOW Primary Care since 2017 with Huntington’s support. In addition:
· Visits to the emergency department decreased 50 percent within one to 90 days of establishing care through WOW.
· 51 percent of WOW patients diagnosed with hypertension or heart disease were adequately controlled in 2022.
· 59 percent of patients who screened positively for a social need and were referred to community resources for support.
OhioHealth data collected January 2017 – October 2022
Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare outreach of the United Methodist Church.
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About Huntington National Bank
Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (Nasdaq: HBAN) is a $189 billion asset regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1866, The Huntington National Bank and its affiliates provide consumers, small and middle‐market businesses, corporations, municipalities, and other organizations with a comprehensive suite of banking, payments, wealth management, and risk management products and services. Huntington operates more than 1,000 branches in 11 states, with certain businesses operating in extended geographies. Visit Huntington.com for more information.