Crossroads Medical Mission treats uninsured at Kingsport's Girls Inc.

Rain Smith • Dec 11, 2008 at 12:00 AM

The uninsured have recently received a new locale for free medical care in Kingsport.

On the second Thursday of each month Crossroads Medical Mission brings their mobile clinic to Girls Incorporated. They began their monthly trips in April, and have seen a steady increase in patient with each month. This Thursday they expected 25 to 30 patients.

Based out of State Street United Methodist Church in Bristol, Va., the mobile clinic is a doctor's office on wheels. They diagnose and manage common health problems, perform minor surgeries, provide counseling, limited medications and splints.

"Sometimes they're coming just for a check up, sometimes they're coming in for an acute illness like a cold or flu," said Katie Johnson, nurse practitioner. "By far, the majority of our patients are seen for more chronic problems. They have diabetes, high blood pressure, depression -- problems they are dealing with on a long term basis and are trying to get stabilized."

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Johnson said no one seeking care is turned away from the Crossroads mobile clinic door. However, they do attempt to find people a stationary primary care office.

Some of Thursday's patients were returning for lab results on their blood, drawn during Crossroads previous visit to Girls Incorporated. One had moles removed, while others were examined for stuffy heads and scratchy throats.

The Crossroads Medical Mission also makes monthly stops in Mountain City, Blountville, Bristol and St. Paul, Va. They also set up shop weekly in Abingdon, Va.

For more information visit http://www.crossroadsmedicalmission.org/

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