ACA Grant Ensures Access to Health Care
By: Evelyn Castillo
Nearly a year ago, Central City Community Health Center was awarded a grant through the Affordable Care Act to obtain a mobile medical clinic. As the chosen vendor, Universal Specialty Vehicles, Inc. was given the opportunity to create a mobile vehicle that would meet all the clinic’s requirements. The Affordable CareAct has issued several grant funds for the public since 2010 and has helped provide affordable health care services to more people nationwide.
Working closely with the staff of Central City, USV was able to develop a floor plan that would provide functional space to perform necessary medical procedures. The new clinic includes two exam rooms, a patient-intake area, ADA accessible restroom, galley area and a driver compartment. The two exam rooms have exam tables that will provide both comfort and easy accessibility to the patient. The rear room hosts a wheelchair lift that will allow handicap patients to easily transport in and out of the vehicle in seconds. The front exam room hosts a medical grade refrigerator that will store medications and other related items with security. The ADA accessible restroom is located opposite of the galley area. This part of the vehicle was constructed with sound absorbent walls and comes together with two accordion doors. The patient intake area has bench seating and desk space for the staff of Central City to utilize while reviewing patient information.
Every single feature of this vehicle was customized to fit the expectations of the customer. The driver compartment area is where the data/communications center is located. This area also has two ultra-leather driver and passenger seats that can swivel, rotate and recline. A complete wrap-around close off curtain completes this room. The exterior of the vehicle has one A&E Weather-Pro electric awning that extends to provide shade during the hot summer days. The colorful vehicle graphic wrap was designed and installed by SoCal Wraps.
The materials used to build this vehicle are innovative and sustainable to resist rugged environments. The vehicle is going to be utilized in Orange County, primarily in low-income communities. Central City Community Health believes that “all patients should be served regardless of ability to pay”. With this new mobile clinic, Central City’s goal is to service more people within city limits. Visit USV’s facebook page at: Facebook.com/USV1 for more pictures of this unit.
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