Toyota Donates Tundra Pickup to Haul Critical Medical Supplies for The Family Health Centers of Georgia

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Pickup trucks in Georgia usually haul firewood, red-clay dirt and the occasional football fan. However, a new Toyota Tundra pickup will deliver critical medical supplies bound for underserved residents in Fulton and Cobb Counties.

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) U.S.A., Inc., and its local dealer, AutoNation Toyota Thornton Road, presented a 2014 Tundra pickup to The Family Health Centers of Georgia (FHCGA) today. The truck will transport time-sensitive pharmaceuticals and critical medical equipment and supplies. The donation is a part of a partnership that also included a $25,000 contribution to the Center’s youth wellness program.

The Family Health Centers of Georgia (formerly West End Medical Centers) provides affordable and accessible quality healthcare services to at-risk residents in Fulton and Cobb counties. AutoNation Toyota donated the 2014 Tundra SR5, with an estimated MSRP starting at $29,745, to FHCGA to help transport much-needed supplies to its facilities and patients among the seven centers it serves. The Tundra also will support the organization’s mobile medical and dental unit. Until now, FHGCA would utilize personal staff vehicles, which sometimes meant making multiple trips or slower delivery.

‘The work at Family Health Centers is critically important and invaluable to the patients served by its locations,” said J.L. Armstrong, national manager, External Affairs, Toyota Motor Sales. “Without FHCGA, many residents would be denied access to quality affordable healthcare. We are proud to partner with FHCGA and support their efforts to help improve the lives of the people who live in the communities we serve.”

“We are pleased to take part in making our community and its residents healthier and stronger,” said Mike Williams, general manager of AutoNation Toyota Thornton Road. “With this new Toyota Tundra, FHCGA can more efficiently deliver services and supplies to support its many center locations.”

FHCGA serves approximately 250 patients a day and more than 22,000 people annually. Established 37 years ago, it is the first community health center in Georgia and the second in the Southeast to be accredited by The Joint Commission as a Primary Care Medical Home. The community health center provides comprehensive healthcare services, including adult medicine, pediatrics, 08/GYN, dental and behavioral health. The Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) designated FHCGA as a surge site, certified to handle the walking-wounded in the event of a man-made or natural disaster.

Toyota recently supported FHCGA and its youth wellness program to help address youth weight reduction. The automaker contributed $25,000 for FHCGA to recruit new patients for the program, coordinate exercise programs, and provide educational classes and nutritional counseling. A total of 137 enrollees were involved in the program. “Toyota has once again demonstrated their concern for the health and well-being of the residents in metro Atlanta,” said Dr. Michael Brooks, president and chief executive officer of The Family Health Centers of Georgia. “Their generous donations will help us to improve health outcomes in under-served communities.”

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