Inside Ballad's Four-Wheel Drive Club
Dec 11, 2018 at 10:30 PM
KINGSPORT — Cold weather, snow and ice can make traveling to work difficult. While some people can stay home during these conditions, patients depend on Ballad Health team members and physicians to be at work.
For more than a decade, Holston Valley Medical Center — along with other Ballad Health hospitals — has provided an innovative solution that enables team members to fulfill their calling to care for patients while prioritizing their safety. It’s called the Four-Wheel Drive Club.
The club, which has been running for 12 years, is staffed by Holston Valley team members who volunteer to pick up other team members like nurses, healthcare technicians, food and nutrition staff and others who may be stranded at their homes due to inclement weather and unable to get to work. Unlike businesses or schools that can close in bad weather, Ballad Health hospitals must stay open and operating every hour of every day.
Volunteers use their own four-wheel drive vehicle while others may drive a vehicle provided by the hospital. Because the program is so important, Ballad Health’s insurance covers member drivers and their personal vehicles during these trips.
It is through the selfless acts of these volunteer team members, that patients are able to receive the best possible care, even during bad weather.