BCBSKS Foundation - Kansas Lions Mobile Screening Unit

Who is involved?
All of the Lions and Leo Clubs of Kansas (Multiple District 17) are involved with the Kansas Lions Mobile Screening Unit (KL MSU). The Kansas Lions Sight Foundation administers the operations of the Unit. The Kansas Optometric Association provides education and volunteers as needed.

What is the KL MSU?
The KL MSU is a vehicle that is designed to carry on-site screening equipment to communities in Kansas (MD-17). The Unit is pictured in this brochure.

How will the KL MSU be operated?
There are one or more qualified drivers who transport the KL MSU to scheduled locations. The actual screenings are performed by medical professionals and Lion Club members in each community. Lions Club members in the communities that the KL MSU visits are responsible for contacting medical professionals to conduct the screenings for blood sugar and blood pressure, and for arranging a suitable location to park the Unit. Lions Club members assist with registration and operating machines for sight and hearing tests. However, medical professionals are always welcome to help with all screenings. The local club also provides local/regional news releases and publicity.

How will the KL MSU be used?
The KL MSU is designed to travel to any community in Multiple District 17 that is accessible by paved roads. It is available for Lions Clubs to use at a wide array of community functions such as fairs, festivals, Lions Club functions and fundraisers, and more, or to target specific groups of people such as seniors or school children. The KL MSU must be scheduled through a local Lions Club.

What screening is done in the KL MSU?
Vision: basic visual acuity and field of vision
Hearing: audiometer
Blood sugar
Blood pressure

Who pays for the upkeep costs of the KL MSU?
The Lions of Kansas (MD-17) are responsible for paying for the upkeep costs of the Unit. It costs in excess of $50,000 per year to support the unit. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation partnered with the Lions to purchase and fund the Unit.

What does it cost a Lions Club to have the KL MSU in their community?
The cost is $200 for the first day and $100 for each additional, consecutive day the Unit is in the same location. It is advisable to request the Unit four to six months in advance of the club’s event. Once the requested date(s) is approved by the KLSF and reserved, the club must make payment to confirm the date(s). The Lions Club will provide necessary electrical power (240 volt/50 amp, 4-prong RV plug) if the Unit is placed in an enclosed area; if the Unit is placed outdoors, an on-board generator will provide power.

Why do the Lions of Kansas have a KL MSU?
The reason for the KL MSU is to bring Lions’ service to our own communities. As proclaimed, the Lions are “Knights of the Blind.” The Lions of Kansas are bringing to all communities in the state a Kansas Lions-sponsored Mobile Screening Unit. Until the KL MSU began operations throughout Kansas, many citizens of the state had to provide the financial and physical effort to go for screenings. With the KL MSU, the local Lions will become involved in the service of screening their fellow neighbors.

How does the KL MSU get to your community?
All Lions and Lioness Clubs in Kansas are eligible to sponsor the Kansas Lions Mobile Screening Unit in their community. Lions may call 316-283-1921 to obtain reservation request forms. There also is available additional information on how to have a successful screening in your community.

How was the KL MSU Funded?
The Kansas Lions Mobile Screening unit is funded by a five-year, $100,000 per year grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation. Kansas Lions Clubs provide funding with donations and use fees for the operation of the Mobile Screening Unit.

Tell me more about the KL MSU
The KL MSU is a 36-foot Gooseneck Lifeguard Mobile Health Clinic trailer pulled by a 2008 Ford F-550 XL pickup. It is a total Kansas product. Brown Specialty Vehicles of Lawrence built the unit and applied the illustrated exterior. Doug Archer of Garnett was the Kansas illustrator who designed the exterior artwork, and B & B Signs of Topeka coordinated printing the illustration with Gregory, Inc. of Buhler.

Contact Scheduling and Information
Lion Ron Bretz
Phone: 316-283-1921
316-772-7740
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