The legacy behind our first mobile health care unit

Oct 3, 2019 | Mobile care, Philanthropy | 0 comments

Range Health was created to build many things: a transformed health care landscape in Washington state; a network that empowers communities to achieve health; a community that promotes well-being and brings health where you are.

We wouldn’t be on the road to making this vision a reality without our very first mobile health clinic: the William A. Crosetto Mobile Health Care Unit.

The health unit is named after William “Bill” Crosetto, a cattle rancher from Othello who passed away in January 2018. Bill worked with Innovia Foundation to create the William A. Crosetto Charitable Foundation to support health care in rural Washington communities as well as other philanthropic interests.

Bill had a long-standing passion for improving health care, particularly in rural areas facing a significant shortage in health care providers. Some of his philanthropic passion can be traced back to his well-known uncles.

His mother’s brothers were Dr. William Hutchinson, a renowned cancer researcher, surgeon and founder of the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Fred “Hutch” Hutchinson, a professional baseball player for the Detroit tigers and manager who suffered from lung cancer.

Bill’s passion for health care was further honed by where he chose to make his home. Though Bill was raised in Seattle, Washington he found his heart in rural eastern Washington when he passed through Othello in the late 1950s on a class field trip.

Today, Bill’s legacy lives on in the William A. Crosetto Mobile Health Care Unit, which will travel to rural and underserved communities to provide primary care, urgent care procedures, and preventative screening.

The mobile unit bearing his name is now rolling through the rural communities he loved and will soon provide the services he thought were so critically needed.