L to R, CHET Chief Operations Officer Jada Stanley, LPN Wanda Wilhoit and FNP Debra Bowling stand in front of CHET’s new mobile medical unit.

By Charlotte Underwood

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Community Health of East Tennessee (CHET) recently announced its acquisition of a medical mobile services unit which will be used for outreach in the county. Staff members at CHET spent last Wednesday being trained on the different functions and operations of the mobile unit, which was purchased from Mathew’s Specialty Vehicles, the company that designed and built the truck.

According to CHET Chief Operations Officer Jada Stanley, the mobile services unit will primarily be used for education and outreach on substance abuse disorders.

The mobile unit is multi-functional and is equipped inside with an exam table, an area that can be used for dental exams, a lab testing station as well as a separate area for counseling.

Community Health of East Tennessee’s new mobile medical unit is equipped with an exam table, a dental exam chair, a lab testing area and an area for counseling. FNP Debra Bowling, LPN Wanda Wilhoit and Chief Operations Officer Jada Stanley spent time on Wednesday being trained with the different functions of the mobile unit.

The truck was purchased primarily with a grant from Health Resources Services Administration.

When the grant opportunity arose, CHET staff had already been talking about the need for the mobile service unit in the community.

“We have patients that come into CHET currently as part of the Vivitrol program, which is an opioid treatment program, so we think the mobile service unit will be a big help,” Stanley said.

The grant also provides funding for staff to operate the mobile unit.

“We are so excited to be able to take these services to the county,” Stanley said, adding that eventually, CHET hopes to expand services with the mobile unit as needed and when the opportunity arises.

The mobile unit will go operational in 2020 and CHET will announce where it will first be located at that time. It will be routinely moved around the county in different areas to provide services.

CHET provides a multitude of services to the county, covering everything from pediatric to geriatric, mental health services and everything in between.

CHET is located at 130 Independence Lane, in LaFollette and can be reached by calling 423-562-1705. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/27/2019-6AM)