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Kenosha Community Health Center introduces mobile unit to serve Racine

Posted at 5:29 PM, Jun 27, 2017

Kenosha Community Health Center is expanding to include a new medical mobile unit, which will soon hit the streets of Racine.

Officials say the expansion will save lives and the new unit provides medicine on the move, creating easier access to healthcare for Racine families.

For a little more than two years Racine has been without a federally qualified health center.

"We had a dire need in this community for help," said Mayor John Dickert.

Leaders say now the challenge has been solved. Mary Coffey, CEO of KCHC, says this mobile clinic is an expansion of the brick and mortar location in Kenosha.

"It's just like a regular office clinic it's just on wheels," she said.

The unit will be run by nurse practitioners to serve anyone, including walk-ins and those who schedule an appointment.

"It's truly a community project," Coffey said.

KCHC partnered with Aurora Health Care, which donated $500,000 to pay for the handicap accessible truck filled with two exam rooms, along with staff salaries and equipment.

Nurse Maria Cervantes can’t wait to serve.

"We're here to be your home care. I feel excited, I feel good. I feel motivated, this is going to be a great thing for the Racine community," Cervantes said.

The mobile unit will be open three days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Tuesdays it will be located at Knapp Elementary School. On Wednesdays it will be located at Gateway Technical College and on Thursdays it will be at the John Bryant Community Center. For more information call 262-925-1325.