BALTIMORE—MedStar Health will launch a new mobile health center September 14 to deliver primary care to MedStar Harbor Hospital’s most vulnerable communities, and support MedStar Sports Medicine research and education, at sporting events. The initiative underscores the core of MedStar Harbor’s relationship within its communities, its commitment to providing convenient access to quality healthcare, and reinforces its unique leadership position in sports medicine. It is supported, in part, by donations from the Baltimore Ravens, the France-Merrick Foundation and Kevin & D.J. Plank.
The 40-foot freightliner is easily recognized by the bold MedStar Health blue and maize colors and logo. Additionally, the Baltimore Ravens logo is emblazoned over the rear doors. Inside, the two exam rooms are separated by a restroom for handwashing, and a mini lab for point of care tests such as strep, flu, urinalysis, and pregnancy.
“We are providing services specific to the findings in our community health needs assessments,” said Ryan Moran, director of community health for MedStar Health’s three city hospitals: MedStar Harbor, MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals. “Data show one of the main reasons residents don’t pursue healthcare is because of a lack of transportation. We want to break that barrier. We conducted focus groups to get community input on what should be offered and where it should go. Primary care is lacking most in the areas where services will be provided.”
The mobile health center will make scheduled stops in three zip codes in south Baltimore and northern Anne Arundel County. Referrals to specialists within the MedStar Health system can be acquired through the service as needed. Appointments can be made by calling 410-350-7511, though walk-ins will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Nurse practitioner Kelli McCallum will lead the mobile unit team of three: a driver also serves as registrar, and a community health advocate who will assist uninsured and underinsured residents with insurance applications. The advocate may also navigate patients to other support services such as food access, transportation, and housing.
“People often think, ‘If I can’t afford to see someone, I’m just not going to go,’ which is understandable. No one wants a medical bill,” said Kelli McCallum, NP. “Some people don’t have insurance simply because they are challenged to navigate the steps to get it, so they don’t even try. We want to guide them through it. Having the insurance; having primary care delivered to them in their community, means better care management and maybe an earlier diagnosis. This is a new advent to healthcare and is exciting on so many levels.”
Through generous support by the Baltimore Ravens, the France-Merrick Foundation and Kevin & D.J. Plank, the mobile health center will also be equipped and staffed to attend sporting events, critical to sports medicine research projects underway with MedStar Sports Medicine.
“While many sporting events now are on hold because of COVID-19, we know the mobile unit will be essential to use at events such as the Baltimore Running Festival, at schools, camps, rec venues, and Raven’s pregame events, for data mining sports medicine research and educating sporting communities,” said Andrew Lincoln, ScD, director of the orthopedics and sports health research program for the MedStar Health Research Institute. Topics would include cardiac issues, musculoskeletal issues, concussions and return to play.
Bi-weekly primary care stops will include the following areas:
- Arundel Elementary School- 2400 Round Rd., Baltimore, MD 21225
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday of every month
- Cherry Hill Tenant Association- 2700 Spelman Rd., Baltimore, MD 21225
12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 2nd and 4th Monday of every month
- The Transformation Center- 3701 4th, Baltimore, MD 21225
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday of every month
- Brooklyn Park Library- 1 E 11th, Baltimore, MD 21225
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
- North County Recreational Center- 196 Hammonds Ln., Brooklyn Park, MD, 21225
12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
- Curtis Bay – Drink at The Well- 4710 Pennington Ave., Baltimore, MD 21226
12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month
- Lakeland Elementary Middle School- 2921 Stranden Rd., Baltimore, MD 21230
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month
- Westport Academy- 2401 Nevada St., Baltimore, MD 21230 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursday of every month
For more information on the MedStar Health mobile health center, click here.
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