"It's a like a doctor's office but it's on wheels" Racine gets a new mobile health clinic
A new clinic in Racine just opened up. It’s geared toward low-income residents who need medical care.
“We want to get the word out so people will start using it, it will be a medical home for them. It’s like going to the doctor’s office," said Mary Coffey, Chief Executive Director of Kenosha Community Health Center.
This mobile health clinic is a way to bring medical services closer to people in Racine.
It’s equipped with two patient rooms, just enough room so clinical staff can perform exams and screenings.
There’s been a need for the last two years after a federally qualified health center closed leaving the community without healthcare.
“Those patients are either going to emergency rooms or they are not getting care which is dangerous," said Coffey.
That’s when Racine Mayor John Dickert reached out to the Kenosha Community Health Center.
“I talked to the mayor and said you know there is an opportunity for this grant. We can’t build a standalone facility but with that money we can get a mobile unit out," said Coffey.
Thanks to grants and donations, they were able to get the unit out on the road.
“We tried to think of everything to make sure they are comfortable getting services," said Coffey.
Right now, the mobile unit is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays.
On Tuesdays, it is open at Knapp Elementary School from 8:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: Gateway Technical College from 8:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Thursdays: John Bryant Community Center from 8:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.