The Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center was approved for funding through the Office of Rural Health to develop a Rural Mobile Health Clinic to bring primary care services to Veterans living in rural areas in central and western Alabama. The mobile clinic is designed to help reduce the travel time while increasing Veteran access to much of the same services available at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center. The clinic visits four locations (Demopolis, Livingston, Fayette and Hamilton) on a rotating schedule. Since the mobile clinic functions as a primary care team, Veterans are assigned to the mobile care team and attend appointments through the mobile clinic.
All Veterans living in rural areas are eligible for the services and can apply for care in the same manner as applying for care at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center. The medical center has individuals available to assist with VA enrollment and other outreach activities. These services are available for all Veterans, but especially those who have never utilized VA health care.
The clinic utilizes state-of-the-art telemedicine, with the nursing staff on board the unit and the provider back at the medical center, communicating with the patients and on-board staff through videoconferencing and other telehealth equipment.