"I’m very excited for DispatchHealth to be a sustaining partner with Age Wave!
"For those of you who don’t know me, and I can’t wait to meet you if we don’t, but my name is Mary Catharine Kolbert and I’m the community engagement manager for DispatchHealth. I will tell you a little about DispatchHealth in a minute, but I want to start with how personally satisfying it is to be here in front of you, representing DispatchHealth as a sustaining partner.
"I am remembering being a part of the conversation before Age Wave was even Age Wave – over eight years ago, a round table, at United Way, talking about what we, as a community, needed to do to embrace and support older adults. And now look at us! I have been very fortunate that each turn in my career has enabled me to be a part of the growth of the Age Wave.
"So enough about me – let’s talk about DispatchHealth and why we decided to become a sustaining partner of Age Wave. DispatchHealth is on-demand urgent care delivered in the home. We bring an Nurse Practitioner or Physicians Assistant along with an EMT to your home where we deliver person-centered, high quality care, at a lower cost. We take care of patients as young as 2 weeks up to 107 years old. We are passionate about providing the right care, at the right time, in the right place.
"So why Age Wave? DispatchHealth is providing a new vision of healthcare. Isn’t that what Age Wave is doing around aging? Our mindsets are similar, so we want to be at the table and be a part of the creative conversation to help #disruptageism. DispatchHealth is helping people age with intention by offering them choice for their urgent care needs. We want to share data about what we’ve seen with our patients, both clinically and, because we are in the home, what going on socially as well. And DispatchHealth wants to promote forward thinking, asking 'why not,' and going against the grain – just like we have in the healthcare space. Doesn’t that sound like what Age Wave is doing around aging?
"I thought I knew about Age Wave but I have learned so much more today! The work that Sara Morris has done around transportation; the Neighborhood Livability platform of transportation; the scorecard for aging well and livability – DispatchHealth wants to be a part of those conversations as we can be a part of the solution!
"As you can probably tell, I am very excited to have DispatchHealth be a sustaining partner and we are looking forward to what the future holds for the Greater Richmond community!"