Columbia, SC—Prisma Health has launched its new Community Health Mobile Unit. The fully equipped mobile clinic will offer free services to the community. People can get screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol. We also will give flu shots, provide social support referrals, and deliver health education in this unit. In addition to its health care services, the unit will visit targeted areas as a service referral resource to help families in underserved neighborhoods connect with services they may need, such as: food banks, SNAP, Medicaid, mental health services and employment resources.
The mobile unit is designed to deliver health-related services to adults over the age of 18. However, it may be used to provide flu shots for children as well as adults. Tours and educational resources also will be offered when available. Future services may include limited primary and specialty care. Any services provided on the unit are free of charge.
Mark O’Halla, Prisma Health president and CEO, said, “On the heels of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, which emphasizes the importance of service to others, Prisma Health is pleased to bring this mobile unit to the community. Our health system recognizes that one of the barriers in health care is access to services. We are pleased to add this unit to the options we offer to help our patients get the services they need, which increases their compliance with their doctor’s instructions and improves their health.”
O’Halla adds, “This kind of initiative is another way that we are living our purpose: Inspire health. Serve with compassion. Be the difference. We are striving to help improve the health of all South Carolinians and we understand that we will need a variety of different techniques like the Community Health Mobile Unit to achieve our goal.”
The Community Health Mobile Unit was funded in part by prize winnings from The American Hospital Association Foster G. McGaw award. Prisma Health–Midlands was named the Foster G. McGaw Award winner for excellence in community health in 2014 and has been a finalist in previous years.
Vince Ford, vice president for Community Services, said, “One of the important aspects of this unit is how it was funded. Being one of the hospital systems recognized nationally for service to the community is an honor but using those resources to extend the help we can provide is exactly what Prisma Health is all about. In our recent statewide community health assessment, community members let us know what challenges they face. We are working to address those and having the mobile unit offers us additional ways to assist.
Prisma Health already has had success with a mobile unit. Prisma Health–Upstate has had a unit since 2016, seeing over 4,000 patients who are uninsured or underinsured and visiting 21 community sites monthly.
For community members interested in the mobile unit’s schedule, visit PrismaHealth.org and click on Education/Events for a calendar of community and hospital events. Or, call Prisma Health CareCall at 803-296-CARE (2273).
About Prisma Health
Prisma Health is a not-for-profit health company and South Carolina’s largest private employer. With nearly 32,000 team members, 18 hospitals, 2,984 beds, and more than 300 physician practice sites, Prisma Health serves more than 1.2 million unique patients annually. Its goal is to improve the health of all South Carolinians by enhancing clinical quality, the patient experience and access to affordable care, as well as conducting clinical research and training the next generation of medical professionals. The organization was formed in late 2017 when Greenville Health System and Palmetto Health came together, officially becoming Prisma Health in January 2019. For more information, visit PrismaHealth.org.