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Stamford, Conn. – March 15, 2013 – The AmeriCares mobile clinic has been dispatched to the Bronx, N.Y., to allow a community health center impacted by Sandy to continue providing primary care and mental health services to patients. Access Community Health Center staff began treating patients aboard the 40-foot bus this week.
The health center was planning to move to a new building at 1426 Ferris Place in January but has not yet moved into the space due to unforeseen delays related to Hurricane Sandy. Access Community Health Center CEO Debra Sorkin said the clinic would have closed for at least a month if AmeriCares had not sent the mobile unit.
“Thanks to AmeriCares we can continue serving patients without interruption,” Sorkin said. “It is a huge relief for the 3,000 patients who rely on our health center, including many low-income patients without health insurance and developmentally disabled adults.”
The mobile unit will be stationed outside the clinic’s future Ferris Place home until the building is ready to be occupied.
The AmeriCares mobile clinic has been on the road nonstop since the hurricane, providing temporary space for storm-damaged health clinics serving the poor and uninsured. The Bronx clinic is its fourth stop in four months. It was previously stationed in the Rockaways, Staten Island and Long Beach, N.Y. To date, AmeriCares Sandy relief program has provided $3.4 million in aid benefitting nearly 400,000 storm victims in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
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