NPs in the News, Summer Edition
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Posted by: Erin Cusack
NPs are all over the news this summer – opening clinics, providing summer tips on avoiding bites and stings, and forging partnerships in their community to deliver affordable, accessible care to Texans.
Tyler Opens INTUNE Mobile Health Clinic
In July, the Tyler community celebrated the grand opening of a new primary care medical clinic, the INTUNE mobile Healthcare Unit. The INTUNE Mobile Clinic is a collaboration with UT Tyler and Special Health Resources for Texas. The clinic will provide the same types of services offered by traditional medical clinics, except on wheels, and will also offer Telepsychiatry services for those in need.
“Texas has lost hospitals, more hospitals than any other state.” “This mobile unit will be a Godsend to the community,” said State Representative Stephanie Klick in her remarks at the grand opening ceremony.
“I am excited to be part of the development of this Unit,” said TNP Member and Family Nurse Practitioner Barbara Chapman. “As Nurse Practitioners, we are ready to do our part to bridge the access to care gaps that exist in rural and underserved areas across the State of Texas.”
See KYTX CBS19, KETK FOX51, and KLTV 7 news stories on the clinic opening.
Sabine County Welcomes NP-Led Mobile Clinic
This summer, the Pineland community celebrated the grand opening of another nurse practitioner-led mobile clinic. TAN Healthcare, a growing East Texas not-for-profit primary and preventive health center, is bringing its Mobile Medical Clinic to several under-served communities, including Sabine County. On the second Tuesday of each month, the Mobile Medical Clinic will stop by the Pineland Nutrition and Activity Community Center and provide services such as well check-ups, preventive care, sick care, chronic disease management, and screenings. The clinic will accept private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare and will have a sliding fee scale for the uninsured. See the news story here.
NP Gives Tips on Watching Out for Summer Bites
Summer is the prime season for stings, bites, and poison ivy. Nurse Practitioner Linda Moghalu gives tips on how to avoid and treat these conditions and what symptoms to look out for. “It’s very important to keep an eye on that location where the bite occurred to make sure you don’t develop a fever or a rash, a bull’s-eye rash,” said Moghalu. See the news story here.