Columbus Dispatch: New OhioHealth primary-care coach adds to fleet of portable clinics in central Ohio
In January, OhioHealth began offering primary care services in the Hilltop neighborhood in an innovative way – by bringing physicians right into the community via a clinic on wheels. The 54-foot Wellness on Wheels mobile unit can see any adult patient for a comprehensive set of primary care services including:
- Annual physicals and wellness examinations
- Preventive health, including screenings and immunizations
- Management of chronic health conditions (including diabetes, high blood pressure and others)
- Evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of medical concerns
This neighborhood was identified as an area of need for this pilot program due to a lack of primary care physicians; an overuse of emergency departments for lower-acuity visits; and because there is a trusted partner in the YMCA, which community members are already using for other services.
This program was made possible thanks to a nearly $1-million grant from Huntington Bank. In addition to providing medical care on the mobile medical clinic, OhioHealth will be investing in excess of $500,000 into the community for this pilot program.
Last year, OhioHealth provided $278.7 million in charity care and other community benefit programs through initiatives like the Wellness on Wheels.
In addition to ongoing community benefit programs, OhioHealth has committed to investing $7.3 million over the next five years in community-based health and wellness programs including prenatal care and women’s health services; health literacy; primary care; substance abuse prevention and treatment services.