By Mana Rabiee
A group that travels the country with a free mobile health clinic says its plan to hold a three-day event in D.C. is back on track.
Remote Area Medical wanted to hold the clinic at the D.C. Armory in Southeast but the plan was almost cut down in part because of the Armory's standard rental fee of over $70,000. Now the non-profit says D.C. council member David Catania has brokered an agreement to hold the clinic at a health center operated on the former site of D.C. General hospital, which is operated by Unity Health Care.
Dr. Dave Milzman was closely involved in the negotiations. "We brought up the idea that Remote Area is not trying to show anybody up. We just want to come in and provide services. Why not partner with Unity and have it as an education moment," says Dr. Milzan.
Milzman criticizes the Mayor's office and Department of Health for not trying harder to secure a site for the health clinic.