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March 11, 2011 > Taking Care of the Community

Taking Care of the Community

Washington On Wheels Delivers Vital Healthcare Services to Uninsured & Underserved

For some, access to affordable health care can pose a huge challenge especially if you've lost your job, have no primary care physician, or simply need immediate access to cost-effective medical care. When this happens, you may wonder what your options are or if you have any at all. Well, you do.

For more than nine years, the Washington On Wheels (W.O.W.) Mobile Health Clinic has brought vital health care services directly to uninsured and underserved residents in the Washington Township Healthcare District. Every week, the 36-foot mobile unit travels to locations throughout Fremont, Union City and Newark delivering quality care to children, adults and seniors.

"Our goal is to improve the overall health of people in our District by increasing and expanding the reach of preventive health services, such as screenings," says Ruth Traylor, director of community outreach at Washington Hospital. "Whether you've lost your health insurance or need to get back to a medical home where you can receive comprehensive primary care, we're available to take care of your medical needs whether or not you have the ability to pay."

The mobile clinic is staffed by a nurse practitioner under the direction of Dr. Steven Curran, a Washington Hospital physician. Services provided range from physical exams, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol screenings to child and adult immunizations, flu shots, nutritional counseling and many other medical services.

According to Traylor, the clinic serves more than 4,000 patients a year and demand for services continues to grow steadily each year.

"Many people that visit us have gone without medical care for some time and may have an impending health problem or an existing condition, such as diabetes, that has gone untreated. Whatever their medical need is, we're here to help."

In addition to a full range of primary care services, Washington On Wheels provides health screenings and education to various school sites throughout Fremont and Newark to make sure children receive all their necessary vaccinations and more.

"With the recent outbreak of whooping cough, we're providing vaccinations at local school sites throughout Fremont," says Traylor. "Parents and children are encouraged to get immunized - the earlier the better."
Look for Washington On Wheels Near You

Washington On Wheels travels to locations throughout the Washington Township Healthcare District. The current schedule is as follows:

* First Friday of each month - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Washington On Wheels Mobile Health Clinic (W.O.W.) will be at the Fremont Senior Center, 40086 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont.
* Every Tuesday (starting April 5) - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Washington On Wheels Mobile Health Clinic (W.O.W.) will be at the Family Resource Center, 39155 Liberty Street, Fremont.
* Second Thursday of each month - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Washington On Wheels Mobile Health Clinic (W.O.W.) will be at the Silliman Activity Center, 6800 Mowry Avenue, Newark, 94560.
* Fourth Monday of each month - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Washington On Wheels Mobile Health Clinic (W.O.W.) will be at the Ruggieri Senior Center, 33997 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City.

Washington on Wheels Mobile Health Clinic also provides service to Fremont and Newark Unified School Districts. Please call (510) 608-3203 for the complete schedule or to make an appointment.


Find out more about Washington On Wheels

To learn more about the services offered by the Washington On Wheels Mobile Health Clinic, call (510) 608-3203 or visit www.whhs.com/wow for more information.


Washington Urgent Care: Urgent Care When You Need It

For those unexpected injuries and more, Washington Urgent Care is a convenient and cost-effective alternative to emergency room care. Washington Urgent Care, located on the second floor of Washington West at 2500 Mowry Avenue is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week - to provide you high quality urgent care whether you have an appointment or not. The clinic offers both walk-in service and appointments for a range of illnesses and injuries including:

* Colds and coughs (as well as flu and flu-related symptoms)
* Lacerations
* Injuries, such as cuts and bruises
* On-the-job illness and injury, or other work-related needs
* Selected physical exams
* On-site X-ray and laboratory services
* Work injury management
* Drug and alcohol testing
* Pre-employment physical exams

For more information, visit www.whhs.com/urgentcare or call Washington Urgent Care at (510) 791-CARE for more information.

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