Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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March 30, 2012

Builder puts ‘heart and soul’ into heartmobile

ASHLAND — The newly dedicated King’s Daughters Medical Center red mobile health unit has a special place in Mike Dobbins’ heart.

His company, Mobile Conversions of Amelia, Ohio, built the coach equipped with state-of-the-art heart screening equipment.

“This coach serves the area where my family is,” Dobbins said. “So it’s more than just building a coach for an area. I feel like it’s building a facility for my family. There is a lot of heart and soul from me that went into this to make sure that it is the very best that we can do. In my opinion, it is the best. It is the best anywhere, from anybody.”

Dobbins spoke after a Thursday ceremony in Ashland honoring the Mansbach Foundation, which donated funds to build the mobile unit.

A graduate of Lucasville High School in Scioto County, Dobbins lived in Portsmouth before leaving to become an engineer. His family members still live in southeast Ohio, and many attended the ceremony.

Dobbins said he was honored to work with KDMC on such an important project.

“We do exhibit coaches, police SWAT units and mobile command units. But if you think about where is the greatest good, where is the greatest need, where is our greatest impact, it is definitely in the medical area,” he said.

“That’s the way I look at it. It is an inspiration. We get up every morning and hopefully we can save some lives directly or indirectly by our efforts that day,” he said, adding he was pleased and proud to have an association “with such a great group of people and a great organization.

“I think word needs to get out more about what KDMC is all about and what they are doing and the impact they have on this community. I’m just glad to be a part of it.”

CARRIE STAMBAUGH can be reached at cstambaugh@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2653.

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