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The United States spends approximately $2.5 trillion on health care each year; an astronomical sum that is considerably higher than any other developed economy in the world, according to a research analysis performed by the Kaiser Family Foundation.  Historically, the medical system in this country is focused on illness, administering care when people are sick.  The notion that healthcare could be significantly less expensive as well as quality of life vastly improved if hospitals and health care systems began to address patient health long before reaching an acute stage, is the primary reason for United Medical Center’s (UMC) initiative to launch the first of two Mobile Health Clinics.

UMC’s Mobile Health Clinics will be addressing the dire need to provide more health care services to individuals who suffer from health disparities that leave them in poor health.  Conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, kidney failure, and other illnesses occur at a higher rate in the hospital’s service area of Southeast Washington D.C., than others in the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County, Maryland.  Most often, by the time individuals seek out health care, their conditions have reached a critical point, and the medical services needed are more costly than the ones they may have originally received.  United Medical Center’s Mobile Health Clinic will be a source of accessible, affordable, proactive, and reactive care. 

Staffed by nurse practitioners and medical technicians, the 38 foot long and 12 foot wide Mobile Health Clinic will circulate throughout the community providing services such as testing and screening for high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, HIV/STD, pregnancy and immunizations.  In addition to screenings and testing, the clinic will also provide diagnosis and treatment services, including health education information to allow patients to locate and make informed decisions on primary care physicians and specialists. 

United Medical Center’s division of Ambulatory and Ancillary Services takes pride in launching the Mobile Health Clinic services to Washington D.C.’s Ward 7 and Ward 8 and part of Prince George’s County, Maryland.  The clinic will be scheduled to visit neighborhoods, senior communities, public housing developments, and other locations, Monday through Saturday.  Key benefits to this program such as eliminating the need for transportation, bringing healthcare to the community, and providing a low-cost alternative to emergency room visits are a priority for UMC in becoming the authority on healthcare needs in Southeast DC.