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CALL

Ride With Us
The Care Van is free and available to St. Catherine Hospital
patients Monday through
Friday. Call 219-392-7826
to reserve a ride.

Driver Antwain Harris assists patient Marcia Vaughn of Gary from a Care Van
on arrival for outpatient services at St. Catherine Hospital.

To patients like Marcia Vaughn, services provided through the Care Van and
the hospital's caring staff as a whole have
been an answer to her prayers when
finances were tight.
"I thank God for it," she says.
Vaughn is on intravenous antibiotics
and needs her blood levels checked frequently. After many Care Van rides, she
says she got to know the hospital staff
very well and they treat her like family. They watch out for her and care for
her. Recently, the medical staff saw her
struggling while walking and suggested
that she have a chest X-ray. That X-ray
showed fluid accumulation around the
heart. At the time, she had no chest pain
or trouble breathing.

Had that fluid continued to go undetected, Vaughn was told, she could have
suffered a heart attack.
"To me, the Care Van hasn't only
made my life easier," she says. "It saved
my life."
The first Care Van was rolled out in
March 2000. The single van averaged
10 patients a day, Euber says. Since
then, the program has grown by leaps
and bounds.
"Today, we are handling an average
of 120 patients a day," Euber says.
Three new eight-seat minivans were
added to the fleet in 2016, and American
Heritage Protection Service was hired
to provide a team of specially trained
drivers for the transportation service.

While the phone rings most when the
weather is bad, the Care Van also has
been routinely used for patients who
have no car or are on driving restrictions.
Their pocketbooks may be stretched thin
or they may be too weak or sick to drive
to the hospital.
"They get you there on time," says
Darrell Carter, a physical therapy patient
who had been walking more than a mile
to the hospital from his home in Indiana
Harbor until winter set in. His nurse told
him the cold weather wasn't helping the
pinched nerve in his neck, and set up the
rides. He says he is already feeling better.
Edith Robbins enjoys the camaraderie among riders and the conversation.
"I love this service," the pulmonary care
patient says. "They drive safe and they're
pleasant. How can you beat that?"
Driver Antwain Harris says appreciation for the program and those it serves
cuts both ways. "I enjoy the time with
my riders," he says.
"We often hear our patients say,
'Thank you for making my life easier,' "
Euber says. ■

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