Immokalee doctors using medical bus to treat babies

Posted at 11:00 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 23:00:33-04

IMMOKALEE, FLA — They say home is where the heart is, and during this time of social distancing home --or as close to it as possible-- is where some doctors in Immokalee are going to see their tiniest patients.

"We just set it to do all of our newborn well-visits," said the Chief Medical Officer of the Healthcare Network, Corin DeChirico.

Parked near the Healthcare Network's Immokalee office, doctors used one of their medical buses to make sure babies in the community could get those vital first-year check-ups away from everyone else.

"We know that if children fall behind on their immunizations there are other increased risks associated with that, that we didn't want to add to the flame of what's currently going on in our environment," said DeChirico.

The network says while they're taking every precaution inside the main office , they didn't want to chance things with the babies.

Interested parents can call for an appointment, but they say they'll probably end up calling you first.

"Most of the time we already know who needs a visit and we're on that. We're looking at our schedules everyday to see who our most vulnerable patients are and making sure they don't fall behind," said DeChirico.

The organization recently got a $10,000 grant to help keep this going for as long as possible.

DeChirico wants to remind the public that they are still open and taking appointments. The team has also separate "well-visits" from "sick-visits" by time of day, to help cut down in the spread of sickness.