VSP Mobile Eyes Program Q1 Outreach Impact Felt from Calif. to Fla.
April 17, 2009
Mobile clinics now using social media to communicate efforts
Rancho Cordova, Calif., April 17, 2009 – In the first quarter of 2009, the VSP® Mobile Eyes® program, in partnership with our network doctors, provided outreach to close to 2000 low-income, uninsured and underinsured individuals and families from California to Florida.
The mobile clinics traveled to 26 locations, including providing support at the International Special Olympics in Idaho and the PGA Transitions Championship at Innisbrook Golf Club in Florida. Close to 40 VSP eye doctors volunteered their time to work onboard the mobile eyecare clinics.
“This first quarter has shown the diversity of the VSP Mobile Eyes program,” said Connie Vavricek, VSP Mobile Clinics Manager. “VSP is committed to partnering with a variety of community groups to provide outreach services.”
The VSP Mobile Eyes program also started using social media as a way to interact with the community through Twitter. This communication includes providing updates on events the clinics are participating in as well as communicating with those affected in disaster regions, such as the flooding in North Dakota and tornadoes in Mississippi. To follow the activities of the mobile clinics on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/SeeZar
The VSP Mobile Eyes program began as an extension of relief efforts following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. The program, which allows VSP to respond to disasters immediately, includes two mobile eyecare clinics and 10 sets of portable ophthalmic equipment. Both clinics feature two state of the art comprehensive eye exam rooms and a full dispensary to provide exams and materials to people in need.
About VSP Global
VSP GlobalSM is composed of a complementary group of leading companies, all working together to meet and exceed today’s eyecare professionals’ business needs. The companies include VSP® Vision Care, the largest not-for-profit vision benefits and services company in the United States; Marchon® and Altair®, cutting-edge manufacturers, designers, and distributors of quality fashion and technologically advanced sunwear and eyewear; Eye Designs, a leader in the design of custom interiors and merchandising systems for the optical industry; Eyefinity®OfficeMate®, innovative e-commerce and practice management solutions, and electronic medical records software; and VSP Optics Group, offering ophthalmic products and providing technologically advanced lab services. VSP Global, combining the strength and expertise of each of these companies, offers a choice of integrated eyecare and eyewear programs and services that enhance eyecare professionals’ ability to deliver the best patient experience and build a thriving business.
Since 1997, VSP has provided more than 553,000 low-income, uninsured children with free eyecare. Through relationships including those with the American Diabetes Association and Prevent Blindness America, VSP promotes the importance of annual eye exams for maintaining eye health and overall wellness.