by Alysia Bailey, photos by Claudia Henson
The grand opening of Kaiser Permanente's Kern County mobile unit in Tehachapi had a great turn out this afternoon. There were many speakers, including Mayor Ed Grimes and Supervisor Zack Scrivner (pictured above with his adorable son), and amazing catering by Hodel's Restaurant, from Bakersfield (pictured below).
We were able to have a tour of the mobile unit, it is incredible. The state of the art facility is self sustained for up to two weeks - with the exception of fresh water, which will last up to 6 days, although it was mentioned that they do like to keep it topped off - has two exam rooms, is able to connect to the electronic health record system. Members will get the same continuity of care they receive in Kasier facilities.
In the mobile unit vehicle members will be able to receive the following services: Routine office visits; immunizations; prescription ordering; lab test orders; blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass index screenings; and help for managing conditions such as diabetes and asthma.
The mobile unit will be in Tehachapi on Mondays and Fridays of each month by appointment.
We were very pleased with the staff, who were very pleasant and welcoming. With over 7,000 Kaiser members in the Tehachapi area, this is a much needed service. Welcome to Tehachapi, Kaiser!