By: Sarah Snyder
For many West Texans finding a hospital isn't easy. Permian Regional in Andrews rolled in a mobile health care clinic hoping to help some of the most remote areas of the Basin, but it's the newest construction site that will get the biggest benefit.
"It makes an incredible impact," Dr. Gustavo Gross, with Permian Regional Medical Center, said. "It gets them the care that they need promptly."
So Permian Regional brought in their mobile health services clinic reaching places without a hospital. One of those areas houses the LES facility and Waste Control Specialists (WCS): two massive projects swarming with over 2,000 construction workers.
"There is a huge need out there for something of this measure," Tasa Watts, Marketing Director for Permian Regional said. "The employees out there and even the residents around the area, they have health care services so far that they have to drive to get to, so this was the primary focus of the project."
Three doctors take turns rotating on the bus each week traveling alongside two nurses - so far averaging about ten patients each day. They park at WCS each Wednesday ready to take on any and everything.
"From colds to blood pressure problems to something that perhaps occured in the facility, environmental exposure," Dr. Gross said. "We can cover just about anything that can be covered in a primary care clinic out of this mobile unit."
The doctors and nurses that travel with the clinic are able to do everything from pre-employment screenings to physicals and on the job injuries, and the physicians say, they're staying busier than ever.
"If we can cut the time down that someone has to travel to see a health care professional, time is of the essence in the medical field," Watts said.
The clinic accepts any insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, and promises to help anyone in need.
"It's exciting, it's new for me," Dr. Gross said. "I've worked in many emergency rooms and many facilities over the years and this is something new, but it's something that is certainly needed in the rural communities in Texas and New Mexico."