Mobile health center hits the road in June | Local

SALEM — Salem area residents will have a new option for health care starting June 7, when Hudson Headwaters Health Network’s mobile health center arrives at the Old Salem Courthouse.

A staff of family nurse practitioner, nurse, and medical assistant will provide primary care for adults and children, women’s health services, chronic disease management and preventive health screenings by appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays. Same-day appointments may be scheduled for illness or injury. Blood can be drawn on site for lab work.

“We’ve been talking about this for a long time,” said Salem Supervisor Evera Sue Clary. “People want to know, ‘How quickly is it coming?’”

Salem has had a clinic administered by Glens Falls Hospital for many years.

“Four years ago, we had five days a week,” Clary said.

Then the hospital, stating that it was losing $250,000 a year on the clinic, cut down to two days a week and eliminated most services except for primary care. The next nearest medical centers in the Glens Falls Hospital group are in Cambridge, Greenwich and Granville, all at least 10 miles away.

“We rely on rural health accessibility in Salem, Greenwich, Jackson, Hebron and Rupert (Vermont),” Clary said. “At least we have two days, but we needed more.”