The new Sentara Family Health Connection Mobile van is hitting the road to continue providing care to residents throughout the region.

SNVMC unveils its latest mobile unit

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Sentara is on the road again serving up quality care with its latest addition.
This morning, Monday, May 22, the new Sentara Family Health Connection Mobile van is hitting the road to continue providing care to residents throughout the region.

It was just last week, in front of Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center leadership, faculty and staff, President Kathie Johnson ushered in the latest generation of community healthcare during a ribbon cutting for the new van.

“The Sentara Family Health Connection Mobile Clinic serves as evidence of what is possible through collaboration, cooperation and continued commitment to the health of our community,” said Johnson, as she stood in front of the 30-foot, fully loaded unit. Johnson says the program is possible through the generous support of The Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center Auxiliary, the Potomac Health Foundation and a myriad of health partners throughout our community.

The Sentara Family Health Connection Mobile Clinic program started in 1996 as a way to serve residents in Eastern Prince William and Northern Stafford Counties who wouldn’t otherwise receive care. “The clinics provide primary care health services to underserved patients throughout our service market. Last year alone, more than nine-thousand patient encounters were provided through the clinic,” explained Johnson.

Over time, the program has grown to include two-mobile units. This van will replace one of those units- the oldest in the fleet, after 18 years in service. The program travels to patients and offers client visits with a Sentara Certified Nurse Practitioner. The care team provides physical exams, sick visits, chronic illness management, cancer screenings, well-woman exams, medication assistance and coordinated referrals to specialists. One of those patients explained that she has been using the mobile health clinic for nine-years, since she was first diagnosed with diabetes. She expressed how many with no insurance and low wages would be lost without the service.

The Family Health Connection serves a community that is anywhere from 200-percent and below the poverty level.  Megan Clay, the Director of Partnership Development of the Family Health Connection Mobile Health Vans, says this is what healthcare and Sentara’s mission of improving health every day is all about, “If we didn’t have this service many would not get care. Many would use the ER as a doctor’s office.” That frees up the Emergency Room for true emergent cases. Clay says it feels good to be a part of a team has a real effect on the community, “To know you’re really making a difference, that’s what it’s all about!”

Both Johnson and Clay say without the Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center Auxiliary this purchase would not have been possible. The Auxiliary provided the full funding for the $149-thousand van.