On-Site COVID-19 Testing at No Charge for Lucas Metropolitan Housing Residents
Toledo, Ohio, June 29, 2020
Lucas Metropolitan Housing, Neighborhood Health Association, Mercy Health, and LabCorp Join Forces to provide On-Site COVID-19 Testing at No Charge for Lucas Metropolitan Housing Residents
On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, on-site COVID-19 testing became available to hundreds of Lucas Metropolitan Housing (LMH) residents. The testing is made possible through a partnership between Neighborhood Health Association (NHA), Mercy Health and LabCorp, which has performed millions of COVID-19 tests across the U.S. since early March. LMH and our partners have prioritized testing beginning with LMH's most vulnerable populations-the elderly and disabled. The testing will be provided at no charge
to the residents.
Through this partnership, NHA and Mercy Health are able to be on site at multifamily LMH developments and are targeting over 3,000 residents for this testing. Joaquin Cintron Vega, LMH's President and CEO stated, "We are very grateful to NHA, Mercy Health and LabCorp for providing our residents with this unique opportunity to be tested for COVID-19 and not have to leave their homes. Our job in the COVID-19 testing process is to provide site support where
we help setup the test site and empower the residents to be tested," said Mr. Cintron Vega.
The partnership with Mercy Health, LabCorp and the NHA in testing LMH residents is the best example of the great things we can accomplish when organizations partner in service to this community. It is our intention to ensure that every one of LMH's 6,000 residents has the opportunity to be tested. Black, Brown and poor people are being hit with this virus at greater numbers than any other
group. The very least that we can do is to help them fight it with the few tools we have at our disposal," said Doni Miller, CEO of Neighborhood Health Association.
"Since first coming to this community more than 160 years ago, Mercy Health has dedicated itself to serving all those in need, especially those who are poor and under served," said Bob Baxter, president, Mercy Health - Toledo. "We are proud to stand with our partners to furthering this common mission of testing one of the
community's most vulnerable populations to ensure all members of our community have access to this testing."
During the month of May, NHA provided COVID-19 testing at no charge to over 50 LMH employees at NHA's NEXUS Health Center.
For more information about testing, please contact LMH at (419)-259-9400 or Neighborhood Health Association at (419) 720-7883.
About Lucas Metropolitan Housing
Established in 1933, Lucas Metropolitan Housing (LMH) continues to provide affordable housing to adults, seniors and children in its Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher, Mixed-Income and Market Rate housing units. LMH also provides a myriad of programs and opportunities designed to improve the total quality of life for our residents, with the ultimate goal of achieving self-sufficiency. The programs and services are the results of successful collaborations
with numerous community partners. Our current housing portfolio consists of 2,633 Public Housing units; 4,657 Housing Choice Vouchers; 322 Low-Income Housing Tax Credit units; 198 Market Rate units and 107 Homeownership Properties. There are approximately 17,500 people who reside in LMHA properties. Lucas
Metropolitan Housing Authority partners with ALL people and organizations willing to exchange ideas and efforts to enhance Toledo, Lucas County and the world.
Neighborhood Health Association (NHA), is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), operating 16 medical and dental facilities in NW Ohio. We work to empower those disenfranchised in our community by providing access to neighborhood based, affordable, quality care. For more than 50 years, NHA has placed a strong focus on prevention and promoting individual responsibility for
health care and overall well-being. We provide care to anyone, regardless of their ability to pay.
About Mercy Health - Toledo
Mercy Health - Toledo is part of Bon Secours Mercy Health, one of the 20 largest health systems in the United States and the fifth-largest Catholic health system in the country. The ministry's quality, compassionate care is provided by more than 60,000 associates serving communities in Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New York,
Ohio, South Carolina and Virginia, as well as throughout Ireland. Locally, Mercy Health is based in Toledo, Ohio, and serves 20 counties in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Mercy Health - Toledo provides comprehensive primary and critical care services to residents and Life Flight critical air transport services. Mercy
College of Ohio, which is sponsored by Mercy Health, provides health care and health science higher education programs and degrees. Mercy Health - Toledo provided more than $111 million in community benefit in 2017, which includes charity care and community health services. With approximately 8,800 employees, 300 employed physicians and 2,200 medical staff members, Mercy
Health has been part of the Northwest Ohio community it serves for more than 163 years. The mission of Bon Secours Mercy Health is to extend the compassionate ministry of Jesus by improving the health and well-being of its communities and bring good help to those in need, especially people who are poor, dying and under served. Visit mercy.com for additional information.
LabCorp is a leading global life sciences company that is deeply integrated in guiding patient care, providing comprehensive clinical laboratory and end-to-end drug development services. With a mission to improve health and improve lives, LabCorp delivers world-class diagnostics solutions, brings innovative medicines to patients faster, and uses technology to improve the delivery of care.
To learn more about LabCorp, visit www.LabCorp.com, and to learn more about LabCorp's drug development business, Covance, visit www.Covance.com.
Joaquin Cintron Vega, President and CEO
Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority