Beebe Healthcare has added a 36-foot community mobile health clinic that will provide mental health and other services to county communities.
The mobile clinic will start operating this year.
“The availability of this community-based mobile health clinic allows Beebe Healthcare to provide superior access to care wherever and whenever patients need it, which is one of our strategic priorities,” said David A. Tam, MD, Beebe CEO. the director. Health protection. “We are excited to introduce another way to meet the community’s need for the highest quality care throughout Sussex County.”
The mobile health clinic will be operated by Beebe’s Population Health and Community Outreach departments in partnership with Beebe Behavioral Health. Population Health has provided public health services to Sussex County for many years, including free flu clinics, screenings and many other programs.
Addressing the complex behavioral and physical health needs as well as the social needs of patients, the mobile clinic will allow specialized team members to reach underserved populations, provide more free screenings, share information and connect patients to the right resources. published edition.
“Seeing patients in their communities allows us to reach people who are underserved by the traditional health care system,” said Bill Chasanov, chief population health officer. “It reduces barriers to care, connects patients to complementary care, and helps build trusting relationships in the community.”
The mobile health clinic will focus on addiction medicine and behavioral health services. As part of Beebe’s five-year strategic plan, the system is designed to provide greater access to services.
The Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus continues to expand its team to care for patients and connect them to resources. Beebe Medical Group also sought to expand access to the area when it opened Beebe Behavioral Health in Lewes, led by psychiatrist Leonard Lev, MD.
The mobile clinic’s multidisciplinary team will be able to offer these services to patients and communities literally where they are, rather than coming to a medical facility or emergency room.
in 2021 August. The Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services awarded Beebe Medical Foundation, on behalf of Beebe Healthcare, a state opioid response grant to increase treatment capacity to include and serve high-risk populations. $550,000 in funding enabled Beebe to acquire this first mobile device.
in 2022 in April The Carl M. Freeman Foundation awarded a three-year matching grant of $370,000 to support the Mobile Health Initiative. Many individual donors supported the van project.
The foundation continues to raise funds for mobile health initiatives as Beebe continues to focus on increasing access and increasing reach throughout Sussex County.