Seneca Nation community to benefit from medical van donation

Seneca Nation community members who receive services from the Seneca Nation Health System’s Lionel R. John Health Center located on the Allegany Territory will find fewer bumps in the road to dialysis thanks to the donation of a full-size, medical transport van from the JC Seneca Foundation.

The formal presentation of the van from the Foun-dation Board to Seneca Nation Executives, Council-ors and Health System administration will take place today at noon, in the William Seneca Adminis-tration Building parking lot, 1490 Route 438 Irving, prior to its inaugural trip carrying patients from Territory to off-site health care facilities where they receive life-saving dialysis treatments. Community members are cordially invited to attend the event.

“I am thrilled to lead this movement to help improve health care for the Seneca Nation’s Allegany Territory dialysis patients and I am very excited to be able to deliver this vehicle that will have an immediate, positive effect on the everyday lives of our people who require dialysis treatment,” said JC Seneca, founder and president of the Foundation. “This is just the first of many projects in development for our foundation in the effort to continue to advance healthy living in our area.”

As part of the Health System’s Community Ser-vices Division, the Health, Outreach, Prevention, Education (HOPE) Unit currently provides outreach and transportation services to Seneca Nation community members and will oversee the scheduling and use of the new medical transport van.

“Transportation to dialysis and other medical appointments is a vital component of the HOPE Unit,” said Denise Mohawk, HOPE Unit coordinator. “The need for safe, reliable vehicles is of utmost importance for our transportation program. We are extremely happy to be the recipient of such a thoughtful and generous gift from the JC Seneca Foundation.”

The Seneca Nation Health System began serving the Seneca community in 1976 and currently provides health care services through two health centers – LRJHC and the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation Health Center on the Cattaraugus Territory – and Community Health and Wellness Centers.

“The role of providing transportation is too often overlooked in its direct, positive impact on the quality of life for our patients. Consequently, we are truly delighted to accept the gift of this van which will enable our patients at Lionel R. John to receive dialysis treatment,” said SNHS Chief Executive Officer Alan Barlow. “On behalf of the Seneca Nation Health System, I express appreciation to the JC Seneca Foundation for supporting our mission which is to enhance the overall health of the Native American communities we serve by providing a comprehensive range of health services that address the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of each individual.”

The JC Seneca Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to “advance healthy living in mind, body and spirit for the people of the Seneca Nation and surrounding communities.” The Foundation most recently held a Motorcycle Run for Dialysis focusing on raising funds for the van.

“We at the Foundation are truly grateful to everyone – including our generous sponsors, donors, volunteers and participants who support our fundraising events and activities – involved with the 18-month process of getting the van ordered, paid for and prepped to go into service at the health center,” Seneca said.