PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — Petersburgers who struggle to get the health care they need will now have an easy and flexible option available every week.
Non-profit health care organization Sentara celebrated the official launch of Sentara Mobile Care in Petersburg during a ribbon cutting on Thursday, May 25 at the Petersburg Public Library.
Sentara Mobile Care is part of the Sentara Community Care program, which provides primary care, health care and social support services to people who cannot access traditional health care due to lack of transportation or lack of time.
Following Thursday’s ceremony, Sentara mobile assistance will be available to Petersburg residents at the Center of Hope, located at 827 Commerce St., every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and at the Petersburg Public Library every Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m.
“We have been involved in and committed to improving the health of the people of Petersburg for more than 25 years,” said Linda Hines, president of Medicaid Plans Sentara Health Plans. “Our Sentara Mobile Care vehicle in Petersburg is another step in our journey to create greater health equity and access to care in the communities we serve.”
The organization also plans to continue expanding its services in the future. This will include additional behavioral health services, which will be supported by a new $2 million fund, and the introduction of women’s health services into service offerings.
In addition to the new presence in Petersburg, Sentara Mobile Care vehicles and community service centers already serve communities in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia.