Homeless and low-income residents of Salt Lake Valley will receive free medical care this fall when the "Docmobile" takes to the road.
The mobile-medical unit is sponsored by the Salt Lake Clinic in connection with the 75th anniversary of the clinic's founding by six young physicians with specialty training who became partners."Since 1915, families in communities of Utah and surrounding states have shown Salt Lake Clinic physicians great trust and support," said Dr. Gary R. Hunter, clinic president, who announced the philanthropic program at a press conference Friday. "Our 75th anniversary celebration would not be complete without an expression of thanks from clinic physicians to Intermountain-area residents."
The clinic's press conference came on the heels of an announcement earlier this week by the Utah Medical Association that more than 800 Utah physicians statewide have agreed to voluntarily accept Medicare assignments for needy eligible patients. The association's "PLUS 65" will make medical care more accessible to the low-income elderly.
According to Dr. John C. Nelson, president, the Utah Medical Association also has instigated a referral network for "speciality" physicians, who treat low-income and homeless patients seen in local clinics at no cost.
Instead of the patients coming to them, Salt Lake Clinic's 70 physicians will go to the patients - make "on-the-road" house calls, so to speak, during the week of Sept. 24.
Through the "Docmobile," free health screenings, testings, immunizations, counseling and other services will be taken to targeted needy areas of the Salt Lake Valley as arranged with the mayors of Salt Lake City, West Valley City, West Jordan, Midvale and Sandy.
The van will house exam and testing space used by clinic general internists, family practice physicians and pediatricians who will take turns staffing the unit.
According to Hunter, other community outreach activities during the week will include free health lectures at the clinic's branch offices located at north Redwood Road, north Foothill Blvd., East Millcreek, Taylorsville, Sandy and Draper. At these sites, Salt Lake Clinic physicians will treat depression, low back pain, high cholesterol and will offer information on parenting. Free blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol testing will precede each lecture.
Culminating the activities will be a "Thank-you Fair" at the clinic's main office, 333 S. 9th East, on Saturday, Sept. 29. Salt Lake Clinic physicians and nurses will be on hand to answer questions and provide education and testing, along with surprises for children who attend.
The Salt Lake Clinic, the only multispecialty group practice in Utah accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, provides medical care to more than 22,000 patients monthly. Now 75 years old, it has become one of the oldest medical clinics west of the Mississippi and the largest in Utah.