July 15, 2014. Jersey City Medical Center – Barnabas Health's "Life is Better Healthy" mobile van, which was shelved due to damages from Superstorm Sandy, is back on the streets of Hudson County.
The 33-foot long van, which made an appearance at the Bethune Center offering free HIV testing as part of National HIV Testing Day last month, is available to conduct regular health screenings and educational presentations at supermarkets, health fairs, senior centers, schools and places of worship throughout the county.
Funded by a grant from the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of HIV/STD/TB Services, the van is equipped with two private examination/treatment areas. There is also a media center for educational presentations and areas for counseling.
The unit is staffed by state certified counselors, health educators, phlebotomists, RNs, nurse practitioners, and medical case managers
"We're very excited about re-launching the mobile van – it's our way of offering 'life is better healthy' medical care directly to the people we serve, where they live, work and congregate," said Joseph F. Scott, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jersey City Medical Center – Barnabas Health. "We plan on it getting plenty of use this summer."
For more information, or to recommend a site for the van, contact Whitney Bracco, Program Manager, Center for Comprehensive Care at 201-915-2000 x 3025.
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