By Craig Marx, Editor
The Hope Life Center of Antigo will be soon be able to reach the far corners of Langlade County, providing ultrasound services and sexually-transmitted disease testing via their new Image Clear Ultrasound vehicle.
Given the outward appearance of an RV, the ICU mobile unit will allow the Hope Life Center to provide its confidential reproductive health services to areas surrounding Antigo that may not have access to such programs, such as White Lake or Lily.
The Center has been evaluating this potential service for some time now, seeing the added benefits of providing mobile pregnancy testing along with services that traditionally would not be available in outlying areas. As discussed earlier this year at a meeting at Peace Lutheran Church, funding and support for the project has been met with great success from the community.
Hope Life Center provides free pregnancy services for the community, especially those who are unable to afford costly hospital or clinical testing. The Center has expanded its scope to include more information and testing on sexual transmitted diseases as well, helping to deter STDs and aid to the develop of its clients’ sexual integrity.
The Center provides pregnancy testing, limited OB ultrasounds, sexually transmitted infection/disease testing and treatment, options counseling, abortion recovery support, pregnancy and parenting education, and other sexual health information. Hope Life prides itself on its confidentiality and integrity, helping those who may feel overwhelmed with the sudden burdens of both pregnancy and unexpected parenthood.
Jack Hoogendyk, Executive Director of the Center, hopes to have the ICU mobile unit ready to roll out in the Langlade County area by April of 2018.