Ryan Healthunveiled today its new mobile health center bringing primary care to underserved communities in New York City. The mobile health van will increase access to much-needed preventative and primary care, as well as HIV testing and prevention, diabetes management, and vaccinations. The mobile health center will promote Ryan Health’s founding principle that health care is a right not a privilege, by reaching residents in their own communities.
“For many New Yorkers, access to healthcare is a challenge. With the introduction of this new state-of-the-art mobile health center, Ryan Health continues to place patients at the center of their care, no matter where we may serve them, embodying our tagline, “Caring for New York. Here for you,” said Brian McIndoe, president and chief executive officer of Ryan Health. “The mobile health center will give New Yorkers easy access to the healthcare they need by meeting people where they are and making it a fixture of their communities.”
Housed within a 33-foot Winnebago van, the mobile health center will be used full-time, Monday through Friday, and will be staffed by a nurse practitioner, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), and a driver/outreach worker. Scheduled and same day appointments will be available. The mobile health center will accept the same Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial health plans as at its centers, and individuals without health insurance will pay on a sliding fee scheduled based on family size and income.
Key features of this new on-the-go primary care mobile health center include:
- Two full exam rooms (including one designated for handicapped patients) equipped with sinks;
- An enhanced HVAC system;
- Large TV screen for patient education;
- Space for vaccines and medications; and
- An awning for outdoor patient care, education, and patient enrollment.
In addition to primary care, the van will be used for community outreach events providing HIV testing and prevention, and other screenings.
To explore collaborative opportunities for availability of the mobile health center to visit you, please contact Samuel Bartels, executive director of Ryan Health | West 97th Street, or Fay Barrett, senior director of support services, at MobileHealthCenter@ryanhealth.org.
Ryan Health (formerly The William F. Ryan Community Health Network), is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) based in Manhattan that has been providing high-quality, comprehensive and affordable primary and specialty care to New York’s diverse and underserved communities since 1967. Ryan Health’s tagline, “Caring for New York. Here for you.” unites its network of 18 not-for-profit sites. These include six community health centers, seven school-based health centers, four community outreach centers, and a fully-equipped mobile medical van, which together share a common mission, supported by the founding principle that healthcare is a right not a privilege. Ryan Health’s staff of nearly 600 play an integral role in caring for over 46,000 patients annually. For more information on the health care services Ryan Health offers, visit www.ryanhealth.org.