Southwest Medical, part of Optum, is one of Nevada’s largest multi-specialty medical groups. We’ve been caring for southern Nevadans since 1972. We have decades of experience and a drive to better our patients' lives.
By combining technology and information, we give our patients the right care in the right setting. We provide primary, specialty, urgent, senior, ob/gyn, pediatric and convenient care.
To stay healthy, patients must be able to reach their clinicians. The team at Southwest Medical Associates was concerned about access for their patients who faced transportation barriers to regular visits with their primary care physicians.
Without the means, they could not physically get to an appointment. If patients were stuck in a rural area without a car or living in the city without an income to afford bus fare, their inability to get to the clinic for preventive and primary health services became a health service gap.
The Southwest Medical clinic solution was to meet patients in their communities with a clinic on wheels.
Mobile clinic design
The mobile clinic itself was designed to address the issue of access and population health.
The benefits in managing their chronic diseases, preventing disease through immunizations and regular check-ups, and establishing trust, increase the likelihood that patients will find ways to make regular clinic appointments, thereby improving patient health and lowering expenses.1
A 2014 study reported that the estimated 1,500 mobile clinics had more than 5 million visits per year and provided greater coverage to vulnerable populations at a lower cost than the standard clinic setting.2
With Dr. Robert McBeath, CEO of Southwest Medical Associates, leading the campaign for accessible care to those who could not reach the clinic, Southwest Medical, Health Plan of Nevada, and Sierra Health and Life jointly created a mobile clinic.
This 45-foot medical center on wheels would visit community sites with high numbers of patients unable to travel to the clinic.