‘Banner Children’s Healthmobile’ to treat thousands of uninsured Valley youth
PHOENIX (Oct. 10, 2014) – Banner Health soon will resume offering its ongoing mobile health unit which will travel to schools throughout the Valley each week, providing primary care for thousands of uninsured and underinsured children. The new service begins Monday, Oct. 13.
The "Banner Children’s Healthmobile" is a licensed outpatient treatment center that operates just like a mobile doctor’s office, offering children up to 21 years of age treatment for health problems, physicals for camp or sports, and routine annual check-ups.
The mobile clinic complements Banner Health’s School-Based Health Centers, which have treated thousands of patients for free at Valley campuses. These centers have become a necessity for uninsured and underinsured children in the Phoenix Metropolitan area by providing exceptional medical treatment. Operating costs of the mobile clinic and school-based centers are covered solely through philanthropic support from individuals, corporations and foundations in the community.
“The Banner Children’s Healthmobile enables us to further support our local communities and hospitals, providing more convenience for parents who’ve had to travel long distances for treatment,” said Megan Christopherson, children’s health and wellness senior manager for Banner Health. “We expect to treat an additional 2,500 children each year through the mobile clinic.”
The Banner Children’s Healthmobile will be available during the following days:
- Mondays at Buckeye Elementary School, 210 South 6th St., Buckeye (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
- Wednesdays at Maricopa, 44150 W Maricopa Casa Grande Hwy (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
- Thursdays at Banner Ironwood Medical Center, 37000 N. Gantzel Road, San Tan Valley (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Children from across the Valley can visit the mobile clinic, which is a licensed outpatient treatment center, for concerns ranging from earaches to neurological conditions. A parent or guardian must be present. The medical staff includes a nurse practitioner and a registered nurse who will help children and families learn about common health conditions and where they can find additional resources. The clinic will not provide OB/GYN services.
Walk-ins are accepted at the mobile clinic, but reservations are preferred. Hours of operation may slightly vary from week to week. To make a reservation, call (480) 412-6344.
For more information about ways to support the School-Based Health Center program or the Banner Children’s Healthmobile, contact Banner Health Foundation at 602-747-GIVE (4483).
Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system manages 25 acute-care hospitals, the Banner Health Network and Banner Medical Group, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services including family clinics, home care and hospice services, and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming.