Bluebonnet member Clarice Schneider has appreciated being able to make virtual doctor visits from the comfort of her home in Lincoln. (Sarah Beal photo)
Since 2003, a custom RV converted into a mobile medical unit has provided essential medical care to children and adolescents in mostly rural Caldwell County. The Ascension Seton Edgar B. Davis Care-a-Van is funded by donations from community residents, businesses and grants. Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative has been a supporter since 2008.
Services include well visits, vaccinations, minor acute visits and physicals. During the pandemic, the Care-a-Van has incorporated telemedicine into their services. Over the years, a small team has provided service to an estimated 24,000 young people from Caldwell County, many of whom are uninsured or underinsured. A lack of primary care physicians in the area has made the Care-a-Van an essential source of accessible, affordable health care. The Seton Hays Foundation is working to create a $1.5 million endowment for the van to provide medical care for generations to come.
The van pulls into different Caldwell County communities every week. Call 512-738-0625 to schedule an appointment. For news and updates, go to their Facebook page.
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