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Keys to a 28-foot mobile health vehicle changed hands in a parking lot recently, on a gray day in December.
On Dec. 16, keys to the vehicle were presented by Ephraim McDowell Health in Danville to Harry Nickens, dean of the school of health and human sciences at St. Catharine College.
Nickens is the former vice president of marketing and public relations at Ephraim McDowell, as well as the former president of the Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation.
The vehicle was used since 1998 as a mobile mammography unit that traveled to patients across the region.
Nickens said in a press release that the unit has been out of service since Ephraim McDowell Health began using digital mammography units in 2010.
Plans are to begin using the mobile unit as soon as possible, Nickens said.
“The college’s Bachelor of Science radiography technology students will be taught proper positioning techniques for patients,” Nickens said in the release. “The functional mammography unit on the vehicle, while not state-of-the-art and not to be used in actually providing mammorgrams, is yet another tool available for the preparation of our students.”
Nickens said other uses of the vehicle will be considered.
According to Nickens, the vehicle was built in 1998. It’s a six-cylinder diesel with an International motor, drive train and frame. He said the shell was designed by MOEX as a traveling radiology unit.
“There is an Alpha-IQ Instrumentation mammography unit and developer in the vehicle, as well as on-board emergency generator to power the unit while not connected to an external power source,” Nickens said in the press release.
The donation comes on the heels of the Ephraim McDowell Family Medical Center opening in Springfield.