SOURCE: Mobile Specialty Vehicles

May 04, 2009 16:54 ET

UPDATE: Mobile Specialty Vehicles Helps Medical Teams International Serve Portland's Poor

In Down Economy, Texas Company Continues to Grow by Meeting Demand for Specialty Vehicles

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwire - May 4, 2009) - Medical Teams International provides mobile dental services to underserved populations in multiple communities across Oregon and Washington. Thanks to a handful of special donors, MTI was recently able to purchase a new, 37-foot, two-bay mobile dental cruiser from Jasper, Texas-based Mobile Specialty Vehicles, expanding its service capacity in the Tacoma area.

"The new vehicle will make a significant impact on our community," said Steve Vickers, director of the Mobile Dental program for Medical Teams International. "We rely on volunteers to staff our outreach efforts, and giving them a reliable, efficient and comfortable vehicle with more headroom, a better generator, and more space overall will help us recruit and retain volunteers. The old vehicle was only 30-feet long, so the new vehicle is considerably more spacious and will be more pleasant for our patients and volunteers."

Vickers said nearly 900 dentists, hygienists and dental assistants volunteer for MTI each year across its fleet of 11 mobile dental vans. With the new vehicle, MTI will be able to add another 50 adults and children per week to its capacity. The older vehicle will be used to service a new community, further expanding MTI's reach.

"For 20 years, MTI has offered dental services across the Pacific Northwest, but the need is growing," said Vickers. "One in three residents in the region is without dental insurance, and most of our clients have significant dental problems by the time they come to see us. We primarily focus on urgent care, pain relief and restorative care."

Vickers said the new mobile cruiser will help MTI deliver on its mission, but even if they doubled or tripled the number of vehicles, they still wouldn't meet all the needs.

MTI is a 30-year-old 501 3(c) organization. It provides medical and dental services domestically and internationally, working with a broad range of agency partners and charities. MTI's dental clinics operate 4 days per week, 50 weeks per year. To contribute to MTI, contact: Steve Vickers, 503/624-1042 or

"One of the most gratifying aspects of our business is that we are meeting crucial health and safety needs in the communities that purchase our vehicles," said Glen Henderson, president and chief executive officer of Mobile Specialty Vehicles. "Despite a down economy, our company continues to grow, and we're able to provide a vehicle that has a long-lasting impact on the communities they serve."

Mobile Specialty Vehicles is the premier producer of commercial specialty vehicles. Each vehicle is built from the ground up and made for a lifetime of service. Mobile Specialty Vehicles provides vehicles for all uses, but specializes in: mobile command or communications centers, EOD, SWAT, mobile health care vehicles, blood mobiles, mobile mammography, PET, CT and mobile dental vehicles. To contact Mobile Specialty Vehicles, email

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