The Medical/Dental Bus Ministry of NCBM began in 1989 to help physical and spiritual needs in North Carolina communities. NC Baptist Men (Baptists On Mission) offer the use of the mobile medical/dental units to Baptist churches, other Christian denominations, and service organizations within North Carolina who wish to reach out to people in need. Patients targeted through this ministry include people without insurance, the financially challenged, Hispanic and other ethnic groups, migrant workers, fair workers, the homeless, the elderly, and more.
Churches who wish to sponsor a free medical/dental clinic will need to:
- Enlist volunteer staff (dentists, nurses, interpreters, counselors, and general helpers) to work the clinic. Call Joanne Honeycutt (1-800-395-5102) to reserve a date for your dental clinic.
- Remit a $200.00 deposit to NCBM to confirm your date. This fee will be applied toward the total costs of the clinic. (Charges for using the medical/dental bus include: $7.00 per patient to help offset the cost of materials used in the bus; .65 roundtrip mileage for the bus from Cary to the clinic site; reimbursement for driver's overnight accommodations and meals (if necessary), use of the on board generator (if necessary)).
- Identify the target patient group and how to reach them.
- Make arrangements for clinic site: parking for bus, electricity, etc.
- Make an appointment schedule, hold screenings, and register patients.
- Consider offering childcare.
- Consider an evangelical witness, food or snacks, hygiene kits, etc.
The mobile units are equipped with 2 dental exam rooms. Dental treatments may included restorations (fillings) and extractions.
Diabetic screening is available in conjunction with the mobile medical/dental units. The Center for Disease Control and the American Diabetes Association are conductingt more public screenings due to the large number of undiagnosed diabetes in the United States. Diabetes can lead to kidney damage and failure, eye disease and blindness and foot nerve damage.
Equipment and supplies available with the Medical/Dental Ministry to perform A1c tests, which is the new national standard of care. Churches need to enlist a nurse (RN) to perform the tests. The cost to the church is $5.00 per patient screened. For more information, check out the instructional video.
2011 Mobile Dental Unit
On October 12, 2011, a beautiful new mobile medical dental unit pulled into the parking lot of the Baptist State Convention. Twenty-two years had passed since the first medical/dental bus pulled into the parking lot at 205 Convention Drive in Cary. During these 22 years of service, thousands of needy North Carolinians have received free medical and dental care. Most importantly, churches, laypeople, dentists, doctors and nurses have shared with love of Christ with these patients.
The newest Lifeline Mobile unit replaced the 1989 Bluebird bus. The Lifeline unit is housed at the Baptist State Convention in Cary along with the 2001 Bluebird Bus. The 1989 unit has been moved to Truett Baptist Association near Murphy, N.C. It is set up as a stationary clinic and used by the association to serve five of the most western N.C. counties.
The cost of the Lifeline Mobile unit was $400,000. Another $50,000 was used to purchase new medical/dental equipment and supplies. The purchase of this unit was made possible by gifts from the Duncan Foundation, the Friess Family Fund, the Goodwill Foundation, churches, summer camps, dental offices, and individuals.