News Release, PR Newswire

Hughesville, Md. – Wheels for Wellness, a joint project of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland (TCCSMD), The Arc Southern Maryland (The Arc SoMD) and The Center for Life Enrichment, was recognized as a 2019 Maryland Health Quality Innovator of the Year in the Collaboration category by Health Quality Innovators (HQI) at the 2019 Maryland Awards Lunch on Nov. 14.

Wheels for Wellness provides Southern Maryland residents with reliable transportation to and from routine medical appointments. Elderly, disabled and low-income individuals are driven to and from appointments free of charge. Rides are coordinated by The Arc SoMD, which relies upon requests to the appropriate county providers. The program serves patients and the local workforce by connecting under-employed transportation providers with patients seeking mid-day transportation to appointments.   In the first year, the program traveled 20,244 miles and provided more than 1,000 rides.

“Wheels for Wellness has been growing steadily since its start in 2018,” says Yolanda Hipski,Regional Transit Coordinator for TCCSMD. “We’re is thrilled to receive this recognition for the program, because our numbers show that it is filling a real need.”

HQI serves as a Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization and as a Practice Transformation Network assisting practices in the Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia. Wheels for Wellness joins winners in four other categories including Data-Driven Care, Patient-centered care, Population Health and Rural Health Care.

Wheels for Wellness is one of several collaborative projects spearheaded by TCCSMD. To learn more, visit their website at

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