Friday, June 29, 2012
House of Hope teams with VNA Mobile Clinic
House of Hope has partnered with the Visiting Nurse Association to bring a mobile health clinic to locations at or near House of Hope’s four branches throughout Martin County.
The VNA’s Florence Nightingale Express is a 38-foot vehicle that includes a fully equipped examination room, a nurse practitioner and a clinic coordinator.
The clinic is designed to serve uninsured people in need. It can provide basic medical care, such as colds, flu, cuts, rashes and children's wellness exams, and some chronic disease management, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
Following is a schedule of the mobile clinic’s visits in the House of Hope partnership. The clinic can see about four patients per hour. People should call the clinic site to make an appointment or to check availability, as special events or mechanical problems can affect the schedule.
Jensen Beach: The clinic visits Trinity United Methodist Church, 2221 NE Savannah Road, from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. People should call the church office at (772) 334-3404 for an appointment.
Hobe Sound: The clinic visits House of Hope’s Hobe Sound location, 11690 SE Federal Hwy., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. Clients should call House of Hope in Hobe Sound at (772) 545-9342 for an appointment. The Hobe Sound branch is at the northern end of the Publix shopping plaza.
Indiantown: The clinic visits the Indiantown branch of House of Hope, 15549 SW Warfield Blvd., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every other Wednesday. Clients should call House of Hope’s Indiantown branch at (772) 248-2051 for an appointment.
Stuart: House of Hope and the VNA are still working on a schedule, but clinic visits near House of Hope’s main Stuart location in Golden Gate will begin in July.
The clinic has been particularly well-received in Indiantown, where it visits twice a month. "Most of the people who are using the mobile clinic are single parents who have no income to pay for insurance,” said Malherbe Fremont, the branch manager at House of Hope in Indiantown. The clinic was such a welcome addition to the House of Hope services in Indiantown that when recent repairs were going to keep it off the road for a few weeks, the VNA was able to see patients in the Indiantown branch itself. The branch recently moved to a new location that enabled House of Hope to triple the size of its food pantry and provide private office space for case management and use by other agencies.
More information about the VNA Florence Nightingale Express mobile clinic is available at www.vnaflorida.org/Mobile_Clinic_Florence.
More information about House of Hope is available at www.hohmartin.org or by calling (772) 286-4673.
House of Hope is a nonprofit agency that fights hunger and poverty in Martin County. The agency provides food, clothing, financial assistance and long-term case management to Martin County residents in need. For more information, visit www.hohmartin.org or call (772) 286-4673.