Montage Health mobile clinic to serve homeless, underserved
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Monterey, Calif. — After extensive planning and preparation, a mobile clinic from Montage Health will begin taking services directly to those in need of health care services, including our community’s homeless population on Thursday, September 28.
The clinic will initially operate from 3-7 p.m. every Thursday in the parking lot of the Walgreens in Seaside, 1055 Fremont Blvd. More stops will be added in the coming months.
“More than 2,300 people are homeless in Monterey County, lacking ready access to basic necessities like food, running water, shelter, and healthcare,” says Dr. Steven Packer, president/CEO of Montage Health. “Through the mobile clinic, we hope to improve the health and wellness of this underserved group of people as well as others who have trouble accessing general medical care.”
Packer also announced that Montage Health Foundation has received a generous gift of $500,000 from Monterey Peninsula Foundation to help fund the mobile clinic. The grant, being paid over two years, comes in addition to $200,000 from Montage Health’s Auxiliary, $64,000 from employees of Montage Health, and a substantial gift from Sara and James Jungroth.
“We are extremely grateful for the financial support the mobile clinic has received,” Packer said. “The clinic is an excellent fit with the Monterey Peninsula Foundation’s mission to enhance the quality of life in Monterey County. They do this great work through charitable funds generated by hosting the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the PURE Insurance Championship.”
The Auxiliary’s support builds on a previous Auxiliary gift, Packer said. The mobile clinic had been used as the bloodmobile of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and had been purchased by the Auxiliary. The organization’s latest gifts helped pay for remodeling the bus into the clinic, and members of the volunteer group will help staff it.
The 40-foot-long mobile clinic’s features include:
- Two exam rooms, and a waiting area that may be used as a third exam room, if needed
- Oversight provided by a physician medical director and staffed with a nurse practitioner, social worker, other clinicians, and volunteers
- Serving targeted areas on a scheduled basis
Basic healthcare will be provided for issues such as earaches, coughs, sinus ailments, sore throats, minor infections, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Painkillers, sedatives, sleeping pills, opioids, and other controlled medications will not be carried in the clinic.
The mobile clinic will help reach people who are getting little or no medical care as well as those who are going to emergency departments for issues that could have been treated earlier and at lower cost in a more appropriate setting. More than 100 homeless people are being seen each month in Community Hospital’s emergency department alone.
Walgreens in Seaside agreed to host the weekly clinic, recognizing the community need.
Montage Health will work with other community partners who serve the homeless to help ensure the clinic is used to its fullest potential. The mobile clinic is one way to help fulfill Montage Health’s mission of pursuing optimal health for all people of Monterey County.
Contributions to help support the mobile clinic are appreciated and can be made at montagehealthfoundation.org
To see a video about the mobile clinic, go to www.montagehealth.org/mobileclinic.
About Montage Health
Montage Health is the nonprofit parent company of a family of organizations dedicated to improving lives by delivering exceptional care and inspiring the pursuit of optimal health. Through its subsidiaries and its partnerships with doctors and other clinicians, healthcare and community organizations, and, most importantly community members, Montage Health is dedicated to care that is coordinated across all care settings to meet each person’s goals and needs. Montage Health’s family of companies includes Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Montage Medical Group, Montage Health Foundation, Montage Wellness Center, Aspire Health Plan, and Community Health Innovations.