Founded in 1968, MobileMed's mission is to provide quality health care to the uninsured, low income, working poor and homeless in Montgomery County. Our goals include: the provision of free or low-cost medical care in a respectful, competent, culturally sensitive and compassionate manner; patient education toward self-directed health management; and a decrease in the need for Emergency Department medical care.
We serve nearly 7,000 people annually with the help of our dedicated staff and volunteers. Hailing from more than 100 countries, many of our patients suffer from one or more chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular problems, obesity, high cholesterol, hepatitis, asthma, assorted allergies, orthopedic disabilities or cancer. All struggle with the reality of a community whose need for quality health care exceeds its capacity to deliver.
“I’m really grateful to MobileMed,” says Amir, a 49-year-old father of two from Gaithersburg. Amir came to a MobileMed clinic in March to have his ears checked. He had a severe hearing loss that was affecting both ears and making it difficult to work. Because he did not have health insurance, he figured he could get by, as long as he could keep working. He also had signs of infection so he knew it was getting serious. He heard about MobileMed from a friend of a friend. After examination, Leila Abedi, CRNP, referred Amir to Georgetown University Hospital for surgery, which turned out to be needed in both ears. She also encouraged Amir, who has a family history of prostate cancer, to get a free prostate check-up.
Amir visited the clinic in Rockville. It turned out that he had the lowest stage of cancer and arrived at a perfect time for effective treatment. He also immediately stopped smoking at the recommendation of his doctor, Dr. Mark Rosenblum. At an office visit, it was discovered that he also had a heart condition, for which he is now under treatment.
Amir will soon return to his job as a cable technician—a position that requires him to be able to hear the electronic signals.
“This organization really helps people!” Amir says.