Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Dover, NH, June 27, 2017   -  

The Alliance for Community Transportation (ACT) is pleased to announce that it has received grants of $5,000 from both Wentworth-Douglass Hospital and Exeter Hospital to support initiatives in the community. ACT is the Regional Coordination Council for Strafford and eastern Rockingham Counties.  It uses Federal Transit Administration funds to support community transportation for seniors and individuals with disabilities.  However, ACT isn’t able to use the Federal funds without matching local financial support.

Leaders at both hospitals realized that transportation continued to be a challenge for patients after completing their respective Community Needs Assessments. By supporting ACT’s efforts to improve access to health care, the hospitals are supporting efforts to improve the quality of life for residents of the greater Seacoast.

Exeter Hospital’s grant will primarily be used to match funding for TripLink, the region’s centralized transportation call center.  Individuals can call TripLink at (603) 834-6010 for help in getting a ride to the doctor’s office or the grocery store. TripLink accepts trip requests directly for COAST, Ready Rides, Rockingham Nutrition & Meals on Wheels, and the Community Rides.

“Exeter Hospital is pleased to be able to support ACT and its efforts to provide critical transportation services to our community members,” said Community Impact Officer Jenn McGowan from Exeter Hospital. “Transportation continues to be identified as an important community health need and this collaborative grant will help to increase essential access.”

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital’s grant will serve as match funding for the Community Rides, a coordinated service that works with COAST and Rockingham Nutrition to bring seniors and individuals with disabilities to their medical care.

“Having access to transportation so that community members can get to medical appointments is critical in supporting our hospital mission to help individuals and families attain their highest level of health,” said Wentworth-Douglass Hospital President and CEO, Gregory Walker.  “Transportation continues to be an ongoing challenge for many.  We are proud to support the Alliance for Community Transportation and what they do for the communities we serve.”

ACT is committed to helping people remain living in their communities when they are unable to drive or require accessible transportation. Rad Nichols, the Executive Director of COAST and Chair of ACT thanked the hospitals for their support. “By working together, transportation agencies and health care providers can make a real difference in the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors.” 

ACT is southeastern New Hampshire’s state-designated Regional Coordination Council for Community Transportation. Membership is comprised of health care providers, human service agencies, transportation providers, and regional planning commissions. ACT’s mission is to facilitate the implementation of coordinated community transportation and to encourage the development of improved and expanded regional transportation services. ACT is co-lead by the Rockingham Planning Commission and COAST. For more information please visit www.communityrides.org.

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