Mobile medical unit to visit area veterans

Posted Oct. 30, 2009, at 1:31 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:09 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A Department of Veterans Affairs mobile medical unit is taking primary and mental health care closer to veterans in Piscataquis and Somerset counties.

The pilot project, which provides health care outreach monthly to rural veterans already enrolled in VA care, began in Bingham and Jackman earlier this month.

The mobile unit will visit Dover-Foxcroft on Nov. 3-5, 17 and 20 and will be located on the Mayo Regional Hospital campus, behind Mayo Orthopedics on Dwelley Avenue.

The mobile medical unit will be in Greenville on Nov. 6; in Bingham on Nov. 10-13; and in Jackman on Nov. 24-25 and 27.

Services will be offered by appointment in the 53-foot-long unit. Availability will be limited for walk-in visits. Enrollment forms will be available at the mobile health clinic for veterans not receiving VA health services.

Health services provided will be routine and for follow-up primary care appointments, prescription refill-renewal, lab draws, mental health and social work services. Eligibility determination and enrollment also will be offered.

The mobile unit staff will include nurse practitioner Sherryl Kempton and nurse Joanne Bradshaw along with Thomas Money, a licensed clinical social worker. Michel Bryant will provide support services.

The unit will have an electronic medical records system connected with the VA Medical Center at Togus by satellite.

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