NIH Foundation believes that transportation should not be the reason for anyone to miss accessing important healthcare services. Northern Inyo Healthcare District now offers CAREshuttle, a non-emergency medical transportation service for patients. Patients can rely on CAREshuttle when local transportation (Eastern Sierra Transit Authority), family support or a friend is not available to drop off or pick up.
There is no cost to use this service, and CAREshuttle offers door-to-door or curb-to-curb service within a 60-mile radius of the city of Bishop, reaching from Mammoth Lakes to Lone Pine.
In its first year the CAREshuttle has delivered a much needed service to the region. Where patients were going without medical care because of a lack of transportation options, the CAREshuttle has accomplished:
Over 650 patients have been transported to doctor appointments
Almost 740 hours of volunteer driver time has been donated to the service
The van has made over 1,100 trips covering almost 16,000 miles