MOLLIE Put Into Service During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Methodist College Mobile Outreach Learning Lab for Integrative Education or MOLLIE, has been put into service to help Heartland Health Services' outreach to Peoria's homeless population to keep them safe during Illinois' Shelter in Place order and provide quality medical care to at-risk populations for the prevention of widespread COVID-19 cases.

The vehicle is the former mobile mammography unit funded by the Methodist Service League and previously used by UnityPoint Health Methodist. The Methodist Service League generously donated the vehicle to the college. With funding from the Telligen Foundation and the UnityPoint Methodist | Proctor Foundation, the college was able to re-brand the exterior of the vehicle and re-model the interior to better fit the intended purpose of the vehicle. The vehicle is used by the college's programs such as nursing and social work to provide the students with learning opportunities in the community.

Dr. Gregg Stoner, medical director at Heartland Health Services reached out to Dr. James Dire, chancellor at Methodist College, to ask if the MOLLIE could be put into service. Dr. Dire worked with personnel from the college to get the MOLLIE ready for its new assisgnment. Now, a team of healthcare providers from Heartland Health Services take the MOLLIE during the week to make rounds at organizations such as the Dream Center, Peoria Rescue Mission, Esther House, Southside Mission and the Salvation Army.

Recently, Methodist College Chancellor Dr. James Dire visited Dr. Stoner while the MOLLIE was at the Salvation Army's facility on NE Adams Street in downtown Peoria.

UnityPoint Health is also a partner in the initiative by supplying a van driver, fuel, and healthcare professionals.

Additional information for this blog post provided by UnityPoint Health.