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CareSouth Carolina's Jeri Andrews Discusses "Building Trust During Challenging Times"

December 26th 2023

CareSouth Carolina Associate Medical Director Jeri L. Andrews, FNP, recently spoke with the Harvard-affiliated Mobile Health Map about CareSouth Carolina’s work with mobile care in its community.

CareSouth Carolina’s Moby Outreach program allows the organization to go out into the community and deliver our services everywhere- from community centers to churches to schools to store parking lots to town halls and many more places.

The Moby, which is a mobile unit equipped with healthcare technology, allows CareSouth Carolina providers, nurses, and community health workers to operate outside of the four walls of their office locations and help treat and care for patients in their own communities.

“When we visit, we ask: What is it that you need? They could have food insecurity or no refrigerator to keep food safe, or no electricity at all, or they could have a transportation issue,” she said. “A nurse or a CHW can spend an hour or two at your home [to assess the situation] and then coordinate those resources, plus arrange for close follow-up. That’s what we’re focusing on – getting into their environment and getting them what they need. It may not have anything to do with health care. But if we fix those other issues, their health is going to improve. This is just a different way of providing care. Going to someone’s home and helping them instead of saying, ‘Come to me.’”

The Mobys were purchased to assist in providing increased access to COVID-19 testing during the pandemic, but can be used for a wide variety of services, including chronic care & screenings, immunizations and vaccinations.

CareSouth Carolina is a private, non-profit community health center delivering patient-centered health and life services in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. CareSouth Carolina operates centers in Bennettsville, Bishopville, Cheraw, Chesterfield, Dillon, Hartsville, Lake View, Latta, McColl and Society Hill.

Services provided by CareSouth Carolina include family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, women's services, OB/GYN, HIV/AIDS primary care, infectious disease primary care, IV therapy, substance abuse prevention, dental, chiropractic services, pharmacy, senior support services, family support services, clinical counseling, laboratory, ultrasound, X-Ray, agricultural worker health services, and veterans choice provider.

You can read the entire interview here.

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