WONDER VALLEY — After a year of planning, the Morongo Basin Healthcare District Mobile Health Clinic took to the road for the first time Wednesday, Feb. 27.
With Nurse Practitioner Shirley Duncan and Medical Assistant Stacy Simms on board to help patients and Outreach and Enrollment Specialist Sheree Fansler answering questions about health insurance, the mobile clinic rolled out to the Wonder Valley community center.
“We’re excited, we’ve had a good response so far,” District Spokesman Joe Ruddin said outside the mobile clinic vehicle. Before noon, he said, clinic personnel had already served eight residents.
“Some who said they haven’t seen a physician in ten years,” he said.
One such resident was Valerie Headrick, who was waiting outside the clinic vehicle to have her blood pressure checked.
She said she checked it herself Tuesday night, found it was a bit high and wanted to have it checked again at the clinic.
She said she knew about the clinic because she was volunteering at a food giveaway at the community center and saw the clinic van parked outside.
“I haven’t seen a doctor for ten years,” she said. “Or a dentist. I just don’t really like doctors.”
Headrick, who said she is from all over, added that she has lived in Wonder Valley for five years.
“At 63 you can stay in a lot of places,” she said.
The next journey for the mobile clinic will take it to Copper Mountain College on Tuesday, March 19. Another journey, to Belfield Hall in Landers, is in the works for sometime in March.
“And then wherever the need is we are going to go,” Ruddon said. “This was our maiden voyage. It was a year ago we actually started it.”
For more information about the mobile clinic call (760) 365-9305 or go online to http://www.mbhdistrict.org/