CHP Mobile Health Van: Step Right In
Posted: August 16, 2016
At unlikely places and times, CHP’s health open for appointments
Community Health Plan’s mobile health van is on a roll this summer, ready and waiting at at local farmer’s markets, outdoor concerts, the Great Barrington Airport Fly-In or the Taste of Lee in September. Anyone feeling sick or dealing with a health concern can step right in, with or without an appointment, without or without insurance.
CHP Family Nurse Practitioner Kathleen Floyd, who also works at CHP’s Great Barrington medical practice, can provide a physical examination, a flu shot, a sick visit diagnosis or just about any other care found at a CHP practice office. The converted RV is set up for almost any primary care need for children, teens and adults. On other days, the van is adapted for for dental services with one of CHP’s dentists, or for eye care with ophthalmologist Dr. Diane Singer.
“It’s important to go where the people are already gathered,” said Kathleen Floyd, who has staffed the mobile van for four years. “The van is about health education and awareness, as well as actual health care. People can book appointments, or just walk in.”
The health van will be parked on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Rotary Club’s Annual Fly-In at the Great Barrington Airport; on Friday, Sept. 2 at the Sheffield Farmers Market from 3-6:30 p.m., and Sept. 9-10 at the Children’s Attic event at CHP in Great Barrington; and Friday, Sept. 16 from 5-8 p.m. at the Taste of Lee celebration, and. Other times and places are being scheduled, and appointments can be made at 413.528.9311.
CHP’s dental and eye care services are routinely available in the van at CHP’s practice locations in Great Barrington and at the Neighborhood Health Center in Pittsfield. Periodically, the van travels to outlying towns in South County, to summer camps and other destinations to meet with patients for whom access and transportation are a particular challenge. When North Adams Regional Hospital abruptly closed in 2014, the CHP health van headed north to assist with patient care there.
Information and appointments: 413.528.9311