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Fallon Tribal Health Center debuts new mobile medical clinic

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – Access to healthcare is getting better for about 2000 Native Americans in a section of rural Nevada.

“For those who can’t make it into the clinic, we want to reach people where they are at,” explained Joy Schultz, an RN at the clinic.

A ribbon cutting was held on Monday outside of the Fallon Paiute Shoshone Health Clinic for a new mobile clinic now in operation.

“I can go to them with a provider and bring them the care they need,” Schultz added.

Schultz says the converted F550 will bring people immunizations, lab testing, physician and nurse visits, wound care, and prescription medicine distribution.

The new mobile clinic was paid for with $672,950 from an emergency rural healthcare grant, and USDA Rural Development Undersecretary Basil Gooden was on hand for the ribbon cutting.

“Knowing that this opportunity will be brought to some of those communities is a game changer,” he said.

The new clinic will treat the Fallon Paiute Shoshone tribe, The Lovelock Paiute tribe, and the Yomba Shoshone tribe.

Ultimately the new clinic will cover about 200 miles of territory.

The phone number for the new mobile clinic is  (775) 423-3634

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