CHARLOTTE — Atrium Well being is increasing its cellular providers and fleet of cellular medical items to serve its communities in want. The initiative is likely one of the nation’s first cellular items devoted solely to ladies’s well being care, with the targets of reducing maternal mortality charges and unintended pregnancies by bringing state-of-the-art OB-GYN care to the underserved communities that want it most.
Roughly 1 in 10 newborns in North Carolina are born untimely and the state’s pre-term beginning fee for Black infants is sort of double that of different races and ethnicities. The statewide toddler mortality fee is 6.8%, the eleventh highest within the nation. In the meantime, undocumented ladies in North Carolina ship greater than 10,000 infants per 12 months, with many avoiding care as a result of concern of deportation.
“All through my 30 12 months profession as an OB-GYN, I’ve witnessed, firsthand, the results ladies and their unborn infants face when sufferers don’t obtain well timed prenatal care,” stated Dr. Suzanna Fox, deputy chief doctor govt and ladies’s well being care service line chief for Atrium Well being. “Transportation challenges, language limitations and lack of insurance coverage trigger many ladies in underserved communities to delay care or forgo it altogether.”
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Beneficiant donors Dr. Todd Kopczynski, a retired OB-GYN, and his spouse, Barbara, helped fulfill the imaginative and prescient of making the progressive cellular OB-GYN unit. It offers every thing a affected person wants for an preliminary go to, in a heat and welcoming surroundings. Group members embody board-certified OB-GYNs, in addition to Spanish-speaking superior apply suppliers and social staff. The unit will present exams to ladies who search care and might help with scheduling follow-up appointments at one of many greater than 40 Atrium Well being Girls’s Care areas.
“To assist extra ladies in underserved communities acquire belief in medical doctors and the general medical area, the Atrium Well being Girls’s Care staff met with nonprofits, church buildings and different neighborhood organizations throughout the area to be taught extra about their well being care wants,” stated Fox.
Atrium Well being has a wide range of cellular well being items together with two cellular meals pharmacies, an Atrium Well being Levine Most cancers Institute Cellular Lung CT Unit and the Atrium Well being MED-1 Cellular Emergency Division. Atrium Well being Main Care is at present constructing out its cellular well being presence and can quickly add a 3rd cellular unit to its fleet — yet another step to making sure equitable entry to well being sources.
Though appointments will not be mandatory, sufferers can name 704-468-0137 to make an appointment or request further details about the Drive to Thrive sources which might be out there.