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February 21, 2014

PPGH Mobile Clinic here to stay

By TYLER MASK

As mentioned in Sunday’s paper, Texas Health Resources’ Mobile Health Unit is making a stop in Mineral Wells today. The unit will provide services such as digital mammograms, well-woman exams and colon cancer screenings with screening times available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“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,” Texas Health Resources Community Relations Specialist Judy 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.

“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.”

Shortly after the article appeared, Palo Pinto General Hospital began receiving calls from people asking if their mobile clinic was going away.

“There were some citizens that had seen the article about THR’s wellness screening bus coming to the community and had questioned staff at the hospital saying, ‘Hey, is the PPGH Mobile Clinic going away,’” PPGH CEO Harris Brooks said.

PPGH staff reassured those with concerns that PPGH’s Bridge to Health Mobile Clinic is here to stay.

“Everything that [THR] mentioned is readily available in this area,” BHMC Supervisor Tonya Crnkovic said. “We don’t do the actual mammograms here, but we give patients orders and they can take it to the hospital and get their mammogram done.”

“Colon cancer screenings, PSA, prostate screenings, we can send them to have it done,” BHMC Nurse/Driver Renona Dixon, LVN, said.

“Our clinic is not just a screening clinic, it’s a full-service clinic – basically the equivalent of a primary care physician,” Brooks said. “It is a mobile primary care on wheels that services our rural areas.”

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