The Mobile Deaconess Health Check is Primary Care on Wheels
Access to comprehensive, quality health care is critical for maintaining health, preventing and managing disease, reducing unnecessary disability, and achieving health equity.
Access to primary healthcare also greatly reduces the need for costly emergency room visits – which is often the go-to choice when patients delay getting treatment and/or lack preventative care. Since these patients are often uninsured or underinsured, the hospital passes these costs on, increasing the cost of care throughout the community and stressing an already burdened system.
For those who have little to no access to medical care other than the hospital emergency rooms, the Mobile Deaconess Health Check Van is providing essential services.
The van makes regularly scheduled visits to area agencies, including Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul, to provide primary care services. The van is staffed by a nurse practitioner and medical assistants. Patients are treated regardless of ability to pay.