Salem County Freeholders, County Health and Human Services Office on Aging, and Mid Atlantic Career and Education Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony, yesterday Sept. 7th, for the recently waived fares for Medical and Pittsgrove Nutrition Site trips along with expanding medical transportation routes
Salem, NJ — On Wednesday September 7th, the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders officially cut the ribbon for the waived fees to the Pittsgrove Nutrition site. This is a follow up from the announcement on August 8, 2016 where the Office on Aging and Disabilities would waive all rider fees for residents using the County’s Specialized Transportation system to go to medical appointments, to the nutrition center in Pittsgrove Township, and expanded medical routes effective September 1, 2016. (See the press release below yesterday’s photos in order to read more detailed information and the official announcement.)
“Today, we held a ribbon cutting to signify ‘officially’ cutting the red tape for those seniors and disabled residents who are in the need of transportation to medical appointments and to attend the Pittsgrove Nutrition Center by waiving the fare for these rides,” stated Bob Vanderslice, Chair of the Health and Human Services Department.
The Salem County Specialized Transportation averages 1,111 trips per month, with 681 of these trips for medical appointments. The fleet of vehicles average 16,385 miles and 610 hours dedicated to assisting our county seniors and disabled residents with their transportation needs.
Julie Acton Freeholder Director stated, “This service is important for many of our residents who may need assistance with transportation for medical appointments, especially weekend dialysis appointments, and to the Pittsgrove nutrition site where they can have a nutritious lunch and socialize with new friends.”
Vanderslice said, “A realignment of funding sources in the Office on Aging and Disabilities and a grant from the Health and Wellness Foundation allowed the County to waive fees and expand services in this specialized, curb-side pick-up.”
Contact the Salem County Office on Aging and Disability Services at (856) 339-8622 between the hours of 10 am-3 pm to schedule your transportation. A minimum of two-business days notice is required for all appointments.
Specialized Transportation Vehicle for Salem County
Above: Pittsgrove Nutrition Center and Senior Center sign
Above: Bob Vanderslice, Julie Acton and many others take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony
Above: Freeholder Director Julie Acton handing out information to Salem County senior citizens at the Pittsgrove Nutrition Center yesterday.
The below press release was announced August 8th by Salem County officials.
The Office on Aging and Disabilities will waive all rider fees for residents using the County’s specialized transportation system to go to medical appointments or to the nutrition center in Pittsgrove Township. Also, the County is announcing new and expanded medical routes.
Before this September 2016, riders going to medical appointments or to the County nutrition center pay $3 each way.
“We are waiving the $6 roundtrip transportation fee, and we are launching new and expanded services to reach health providers in Wilmington, Philadelphia and Camden, and to a local dialysis center,” said Bob Vanderslice, Freeholder Chair of Health and Human Services Committee. “We want to provide financial relief to our seniors and disabled community. We want to ease the burden of getting to and from medical appointments. We want to encourage better nutrition through our senior meal program.”
Vanderslice said a realignment of funding sources in the Office on Aging and Disabilities and a grant from the Health and Wellness Foundation allowed the County to waive fees and expand services in this specialized, curb-side pick-up.
“If you are going to dialysis three times a week and you need to use the specialized bus transportation, $18 a week on a fixed income is a burden. By the end of the month, it can mean not enough money for food or medicine,” said Freeholder Director Julie Acton. “I know families who struggle to arrange with friends to make the drive over to Christiana for chemo treatments because we didn’t offer daily trips. Now we will. These changes announced today have a tremendous positive impact on overall health.”
The new bus routes include:
- Expanding from one day a week to Monday through Friday bus trips to the Christiana Care network, which includes the Helen Graham Cancer Center and nearby medical offices.
- Initiating a Tuesday and Thursday loop to Cooper, Lady of Lourdes, and the Philadelphia center city hospitals.
- Extending hours to the Fresenius Medical Center in Mannington for dialysis treatment by adding Saturday mornings and a last pick up at 6 p.m. on weekdays.
Freeholder Director Acton added that medical offices work with the staff at the Office on Aging and Disabilities to schedule appointments within the timeframe of the curb-side drop-offs and pick-ups.