Mobile Medical Unit on a roll

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - Since 2011, Huntsville Hospital's Mobile Medical Unit has been on a roll. The 39-foot long converted RV has been racking up the miles, crisscrossing Madison County while staff members offer free community-based health screenings.

When the Huntsville Hospital Foundation first agreed to purchase the unit, hospital officials set an annual goal of 40 screening events and 1,000 patients seen. This year, the unit will make more than 200 stops and serve more than 6,000 patients.

While there are no questions asked and anyone may drop in for a screening, the unit is intended to help three target demographics - those in rural portions of Madison County; the elderly, who may have difficulty driving to a doctor; and the medically underserved, those without access to healthcare.

To that end, Mobile Medical Unit Coordinator Pranteek Patnaik says plans are in the works to offer more flu shot clinics this fall. Officials are currently working with the Madison County Health Department to determine where the clinics would be most effective.