By: Sarah Snyder
For many West Texans, getting to see a doctor isn't easy. Folks in rural areas often travel long distances to find health care, but Permian Regional Medical Center in Andrews is hoping to change that.
They've just bought a new mobile care center in an effort to make medical treatments more accessible.
"In the west part of Andrews County, there's not any healthcare out there," Dr. Paul Slaughter with the Permian Regional Medical Center, said.
That's a need Permian Regional Medical Center is hoping to change. Their brand new mobile care clinic will offer basic treatments to west Andrews and Southeast New Mexico.
Dr. Paul Slaughter is one of the three physicians who will rotate working on the mobile care center. He says they'll visit local businesses providing care for workers injured on the job.
"The primary focus will be to provide service to the two major industries in that area and any of the people living out in the area coming to the clinic," Dr. Slaughter said.
"This is huge," Tasa Watts, Marketing Director for the Permian Regional Medical Center said. "Andrews is a smaller community and we are very proud that we can provide the community and the outside area with such great health care services."
The Mobile care center holds two exam rooms, a lab, and a small waiting room. They'll serve pediatric patients all the way up to senior citizens.
The mobile care unit cost the hospital about $200,000. A nurse, a paramedic, and a physician will be on board to help anyone who needs it.
"Walk-ins would be welcome, appointments would be encouraged, but as we know, emergencies always occur," Watts said. "They'll be able to treat the basic family practice type things as well."
The hospital board is still sorting through the details, but they hope to have the clinic ready to roll out by April.