Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

February 16, 2014

Mobile Health Unit to stop in Mineral Wells


Mineral Wells Index

— By CLINT FOSTER

Texas Health Resources’ Mobile Health Unit will make the hour drive west from Fort Worth to Mineral Wells this week to give locals the opportunity to receive a variety of medical services they may not have been able to before.

The Mobile Health Unit will roll into Mineral Wells on Friday, Feb. 21, stopping at the Walmart Supercenter at 601 Farm-to-Marlet Road 1821.

Texas Health Resources Community Relations Specialist Judy McAnally said individuals will be able to receive digital mammograms, well-woman exams – including pap smears – and colon cancer screenings with screening times available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

She said women, in particular, will need to preregister for the event, but patients can schedule Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. by simply calling 1-855-318-7696.

“Our Wellness for Life mobile health units come to people where they live and work, offering the community easy accessibility to health screenings and early detection services,” McAnally said. “It’s staffed by family nurse practitioners, registered nurses and other health professionals. Medical oversight is provided by a board-certified physician on the Texas Health Fort Worth medical staff.”

McAnally said the unit will have an interpreter on board to help facilitate language or literacy barriers. She added the program also provides a patient navigator to assist wherever possible in the event a patient requires further testing or treatment at a more permanent medical home.

Patients without insurance may qualify to have their screening services provided at no cost to them. However, those with insurance will have their insurance plans billed directly.

“We are trying to reach those who previously have had trouble accessing care,” McAnally said. “Our goals are to increase awareness of cancer prevention and promote the benefits of cancer screenings to hopefully save lives.”