Southern Ohio Medical Center increased its fleet of vehicles after purchasing seventeen 2013 Toyota Corollas from the Glockner Family of Dealerships. SOMC Home Care will use six of the cars, while the other eleven will benefit SOMC Hospice.
“We have a lot of staff that drive quite a bit in order to bring exceptional patient care directly into our patient’s homes,” Craig Gilliland, director of Financial Services and Business Development, said. “Some are driving more than 10,000 miles a year. That is the staff that will be assigned a company vehicle.”
“We’re thrilled that we were able to purchase these new vehicles,” Teresa Ruby, director of SOMC Hospice, said. “Travel is a regular part of our work in SOMC Hospice, and it will be much easier with these quality automobiles.”
“This is an exciting moment for SOMC Home Care and Hospice,” Karen Thompson, director of Home Health Services, said. “Both programs serve multiple counties and have large service areas. These vehicles will enhance our abilities to serve patients in outlying areas.”
The cars will not be assigned to individual employees, but rather will be tied to certain jobs, duties and the number of miles driven.
“As staff rotations change, the cars will rotate also,” Gilliland said.
When choosing to purchase new vehicles, SOMC also made it a priority to spend locally.
“This is the first time we’ve ever sold 17 cars at once, and we’re glad to see them support such a wonderful hospital,” Tim Glockner of Glockner Honda and Toyota said. “SOMC continues to be a great partner to the Glockner family of dealerships and to the local economy. I don’t know what we’d do without SOMC and all the quality people that make up the organization.”