Mobile Medical Unit Looks To Expand To Meet Growing Need

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) --  You have probably seen the signature green and white-painted bus around north Alabama but you could soon be seeing more of them.

Huntsville Hospital's Mobile Medical Unit launched a little over a year ago and since that time it has served thousands of people in need. The program was funded through a grant for the first year, but it was absorbed into the Huntsville Hospital budget this month. With thousands of people screened and given medical services officials are now exploring expanding the fleet.

While there are no concrete plans in place leaders at the hospital have long envisioned having several of the mobile medical units working in north Alabama. 

Currently the unit in use is reaching near capacity usage serving thousands of people in communities from Huntsville to Decatur.

Wednesday afternoon the mobile unit was parked outside The Manna House offering free flu shots to people who could not afford getting one. The partnership with the state health department made the program possible. 

Mobile Medical Unit coordinator Pranteek Patnaik gives our WHNT News 19 cameras a tour inside the bus they have used to serve thousands of people over the past year.
(Matt Kroschel, WHNT News 19)

Inside the mobile clinic there are two examination rooms and a triage  station for processing patients. Over the past year the staff has traveled to communities throughout the Tennessee Valley serving the working poor and homeless. 

"This service is extremely important to the under served sections of the population we serve without this they might not get medical care," Mobile Medical Unit Coordinator Pranteek Patnaik said.

The Mobile Medical Clinic will again be giving out free flu shots at the Manna House next Wednesday afternoon.