Community partnership: St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea and WAVE

  • Author: Lonnie Huhman
  • Source: The Sun Times News
  • Date: 02/24/2020

"St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea is introducing a free public transportation initiative in Stockbridge and Manchester through the Western-Washtenaw Area Value Express (WAVE) service.

As part of the agreement, the hospital has purchased a 12-person van with a wheel-chair lift, and will provide funding to support weekday shuttle service between Stockbridge, Manchester and Chelsea on scheduled days. Set to begin service on April 1, 2020, the shuttle is a strategic priority for the hospital to reduce social isolation and improve transportation within the communities it serves.

“Social isolation, due to lack of transportation, threatens the health and well-being of the most vulnerable within our community,” said Nancy Graebner, president and CEO of St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea. 'The communities of Stockbridge and Manchester currently have no public transportation options.  As a community leader, St. Joe’s Chelsea is stepping up to improve access to resources and services in collaboration with WAVE for those who live in our surrounding rural communities.'"

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