Clinica Sierra Vista is sending two fully equipped medical and dental mobile units to Texas to help provide aid to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
The local nonprofit is loading the 44-foot-long mobile units with medical supplies, water and other necessities at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, at the East Bakersfield Dental complex, 1125 E. California Ave.
Along with the mobile units, four Clinica staffers are heading to Texas and plan to drive around the clock to get supplies and aid to families who have lost everything in the storm and flooding.
Clinica says the air-conditioned mobile units feature exam rooms, state-of-the-art equipment and restrooms, allowing them to go where the greatest need is.
While at a conference of health-care professionals in San Diego over the weekend, Stephen W. Schilling, CEO of the valley’s premier community health-care organization, sought out the Texas delegation to offer Clinica’s help. Jose Camacho, executive director of the Texas Association of Community Health Centers, took him up on his offer Wednesday, and the two worked out the logistics of the plan.
“CSV stepped up after Katrina in ’05 and we went to East Texas,” Schilling said. “We have an obligation to do the same now. Many of our neighbors have roots in Texas, and our health-center colleagues there need us today.”
Previously, Clinica Sierra Vista sent its mobiles and primary-care providers to deliver medical care to thousands of victims of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana in 2005. Though the Texas community health representatives say there is no need for Clinica medical personnel at this time, the relief effort needs medical facilities, and Clinica will leave its mobiles there as long as they are required.