Living in a very rural state it can sometimes be difficult to get adequate health care in the smaller communities. Well Avera Queen of Peace is looking to change that.
"This is a major, major investment to continue to provide services for the rural South Dakota residents." Said Gale Walker, administrator of Avera St. Benedict Hospital in Parkston.
Instead of going to the doctor, the hospital is bringing the doctor to you. Well, in a manner of speaking. Say hello to the latest addition to the Avera Queen of Peace family, the mobile clinic.
"One of the reasons we created this is to try and get those smaller towns where it isn't easy for them to just hop in the car one day and go do it." Said Nick Kocourek, the specialty clinic manager at Avera Queen of Peace.
The truck itself was once the hospital's mobile mammography clinic. The truck holds two patient rooms that when completed will allow doctors to perform a variety of services.
"I think there's some great opportunities here to be able to do some visits for a follow-up visit for people so they don't have to come back into town and do some well baby checks, we can do immunizations, we can do the athletic physicals, lots of opportunities. I think there's many things we haven't even thought of yet." Said Walker.
For years, Avera Queen of Peace has collaborated on mobile mammography services with Avera St. Benedict hospital in Parkston. This mobile clinic is just the next step in providing quality care to the surrounding communities..
"It's hooked electronically so anybody that's seen in this truck anywhere they go in Avera-land their record is totally accessible so we think we've got some of the greatest benefits and be able to serve the rural populations with more consistency and availability for them." Said Walker.
Where you choose to live shouldn't affect the quality of health care you receive. With programs like the mobile clinic, Avera Queen of Peace is backing up that promise.
"We really think this stays with our mission of trying to help in trying to expand services to anybody and everybody we possibly can and trying to help out. Our goal is to help these rural communities in South Dakota and this is one of the ways that we're really pushing to do that to try and help them so that they don't have to travel as far and they don't have to ruin an entire day." Said Kocourek.
So whether it's sports physicals in Salem or immunizations in Huron, in the near future the mobile clinic could be coming to your town. Avera Queen of Peace plans to have the mobile clinic present and various fairs and events this summer across the Mitchell area. For more information about the mobile clinic just call 877-AT-AVERA.