Kaiser Permanente Unveils Its New Mobile Health Vehicle at Event Serving the City of Atlanta Sanitation Workers
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed joined the health care organization for a ribbon cutting ceremony
ATLANTA, January 17, 2017 — If your excuse for not getting an annual physical or flu shot is that you cannot find the time to get to the doctor’s office, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia has a solution—a new mobile health vehicle that can roll right up to your place of work. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed joined Kaiser Permanente’s top leaders Tuesday to unveil the “clinic on wheels” at an event serving employees in the city’s Department of Public Works.
“Every day, we see these men and women moving through the city—often on the back of a truck—providing vital services to help keep our city clean, so we wanted to bring our new mobile health vehicle to their truck yard and provide health screenings at no charge,” said Jim Simpson, interim president of Kaiser Permanente of Georgia. “Our mobile health vehicle is unique in that it will split its time between metro Atlanta employers, helping to support their wellness goals, and community events serving people who have limited access to care.”
The mobile health vehicle, which features two exams rooms and a handicap-accessible bathroom, can provide a wide range of primary care services. Onboard, patients can receive a biometric screening for blood pressure, blood sugar levels, body mass index and cholesterol levels, in addition to health coaching and immunizations.
“I want to thank Kaiser Permanente of Georgia for partnering to provide our employees with greater access to essential services through this state-of-the-art mobile health care facility,” said Mayor Reed. “In 2012, my administration launched ‘A Healthier You’ initiative with a goal to expand the City’s focus on employee health and wellness. The new Mobile Health Vehicle helps us reach our goals by making it easier and more convenient for employees to get the care they need.”
“We believe in the power of preventive medicine at Kaiser Permanente, so we are always looking for new ways to connect with our members and ensure they receive the care they need to thrive,” said Mary L. Wilson, M.D., president and executive medical director of The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, which provides care exclusively to Kaiser Permanente members. “We’ve already begun virtual office visits. Now, with our mobile health vehicle, our members can step out of the office and into our exam room within minutes. It’s a win-win for employees, who want to maintain their health, and employers who benefit from the increased productivity and lower health care costs associated with a healthier workforce.”
About Kaiser Permanente Georgia
Kaiser Permanente is Georgia’s largest not-for-profit health plan. Its mission is to provide high quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of its members and the communities it serves. Kaiser Permanente serves nearly 300,000 members in a 28-county service area in metro Atlanta with care focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists, and team of heath care providers. Expert and caring medical teams are supported by industry-leading technology and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Nationally, Kaiser Permanente is recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers, serving approximately 10.6 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit share.kp.org.