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Hope on Wheels: Edmonds Mobile Medical Clinic Now Offers Weekly Care

Patients are seen in a truck by trained nurses every Tuesday.

The Edmonds Mobile Medical Clinic, which provides free health care to low-income, uninsured members of the community, is now providing weekly services, on Tuesdays, at .

The mobile service, begun on Nov. 15 and conducted from a truck dubbed "Hope," had previously been offered the first and third Tuesdays of the month.

“I love the opportunity to offer this every week,” said Lynn Heitritter, Edmonds site coordinator and a registered nurse. “This service is for anyone, not just those who live in Edmonds. The criteria is that they have no resources for health care.”

The mobile clinic operates under the nonprofit, Seattle-based Puget Sound Christian Clinic and gets financial support from the Verdant Health Commission, which serves south Snohomish County.

According to PSCC executive director Diane Steward, who was on site in Edmonds on Tuesday, the commission recently made a $75,000, two-year grant to the mobile clinic.

Seward says the clinic sees, on average, between 12 and 14 patients a week. She says there's an overriding reason the clinic has expanded to weekly service.

"It's need. We have 1,500 families who go through the food bank here," she said, referring to Edmonds United Methodist Church's Carol Rowe Memorial Food Bank. "A lot of them don't have health care. They're the working poor, and if they have a chronic condition, they often don't have resources to turn to."

Since the mobile clinic doesn't have a lab or the capability to do X-Rays, many patients are referred to free clinics where they can receive follow-up care.

Who is elibile for health care at the mobile clinic?

  • Adults, age 18 and older
  • Those without Medicare, Medicaid or health insurance of any kind.

Is there a cost?

  • No. Patients may make a $10 donation if they are able.

What services are provided?

  • All medical care is provided by licensed health-care professionals who volunteer their time.
  • The clinic provides basic health care, not urgent or emergency care.

The Edmonds Mobile Medical Clinic operates every Tuesday from 8-11:30 a.m. at the Edmonds United Methodist Church, 828 Caspers St. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 425-298-3774.

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