Edwardsville-based medical transport firm now offers rides for non-emergencies

EDWARDSVILLE — A new non-emergency medical transportation company is now providing service to communities in Madison and St. Clair counties.

JewelRide is an Edwardsville-based transportation service operated by Tapiwa and Rutendo Mupereki. Since August, the couple has worked with the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Director Jo Ann DiMaggio to plan and launch the business.

“Each year, more than 3.6 million people miss an appointment due to lack of reliable transportation,” Mupereki said, “I have always had a passion for initiatives for access to healthcare for individuals and communities. It is important to me to help those who don’t have transportation access.”

Mupereki is pharmacist; his wife is a pediatrician. They said they were inspired to provide the service to fill a need within the community.

JewelRide information states it offers “reliable, trustworthy, and affordable” non-emergency medical transportation for medical and hospital appointments, dialysis visits, seniors’ transportation, assisted living transfers, pharmacy/drugstore prescription pick-up, errands and tailor-made transportation needs.

Mupereki said the SBDC and DiMaggio May helped launch JewelRide through business guidance including a business plan, marketing and social media and web presences.

“The SBDC has a visible intention to help small businesses succeed,” Mupereki said. “They put in a lot of time and commitment to going through each step, understanding where you are and what needs to be done.”

Mupereki said he hopes JewelRide will grow and become a household name throughout the area.

“JewelRide is going to be a true asset to the Metro East,” said DiMaggio May. “I look forward to assisting Mupereki further as he grows his company.”

For more details, contact JewelRide 618-250-4771, tmupereki@jewelride.com, jewelride.com or JewelRide on Facebook.


“Edwardsville-based medical transport firm now offers rides for non-emergencies” The Telegraph,
https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Edwardsville-based-medical-transport-firm-now-14553504.php Accessed June 14th, 2024.