Area residents without health insurance, or those who may be underinsured, have another way to receive the health care they need without having to worry about the cost.
Bethesda Community Clinic, headquartered in Holly Springs, has a mobile unit traveling throughout the county, bringing services the clinic is known for to those who may not be able to get to the Holly Springs facility. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, the mobile unit was set up in the parking lot of Action Church, at 271 Marietta Road in Canton.
Bethesda Community Clinic Executive Director Melissa Belfield said the mobile unit has been in operation since October, traveling throughout Cherokee County and parts of Cobb County to serve those in need.
“We’re at Action Church two times a month, on the second and fourth Monday,” Belfield said. “We also visit Woodstock Christian Church, Papa’s Pantry, MUST Ministries in Canton and Shady Grove Baptist Church in Kennesaw.”
Over the course of each four-hour mobile clinic, the unit sees around 20 patients, or between 100 and 120 clients seen in the average month, Belfield said.
The mobile clinics are first-come, first-served, with no appointments needed. There have been times when the truck has arrived and there were already people lined up waiting to be seen, Belfield said. While the truck features a full exam room for patients, a tent can be set up next to it for more patients.
A large portion of the services offered through the mobile health clinic are to help patients with chronic diseases and other medical issues. While primary care, pediatric care, women’s health, blood work and health education are offered through the clinic, Belfield said it does not offer any services related to COVID-19. In addition, by partnering with organizations like MUST Ministries and others, Bethesda is able to “care for the whole person,” Belfield said.
“Everyone we see is thankful for the care,” Belfield said. “They’re thankful to find a place to be treated and receive health care.”