About The UnityPoint Health Wellmobile
The UnityPoint Health Wellmobile is a consumer education program designed to promote healthier living in our community.
It brings free or low-cost screenings throughout Central Illinois. Caring and trained staff members provide education on healthy living, early detection of disease, disease prevention and more.
It is our hope that patients and physicians use our services to monitor the improvement of results during dietary, lifestyle or medication changes.
UnityPoint Health Wellmobile History
In February 2002, the UnityPoint Health Wellmobile hit the streets! The program offered blood pressure and blood glucose screenings for free to community members.
In 2005, the Wellmobile began offering free cholesterol screenings.
In 2008, JMP Radio Group added a second Wellmobile to help cover the growing demand for screenings. The Wellmobile program has added several additional screenings to its roster over the years including, heart, vascular, and prostate screenings.
The Wellmobile program continues to grow and serve the local community with free health education and free or low-cost health screenings.
The UnityPoint Health Wellmobile Is A Consumer Education Program Designed To Promote Healthier Living In Our Community.
It brings free or low-cost screenings throughout Central Illinois. Caring and trained staff members provide education on healthy living, early detection of disease, disease prevention and more. It is our hope that patients and physicians use our services to monitor the improvement of results during dietary, lifestyle or medication changes.
Blood Glucose Screenings
Description: This screening requires a small blood sample from the finger. Your blood glucose level can help assess your risk for diabetes. The blood glucose screening is offered as a part of all Wellmobile screenings unless otherwise noted.
Requirements: An 8–12 hour fast is required for blood glucose screening. No appointment necessary.
Blood Pressure Screenings
Description: This screening can assess an individual’s risk for heart disease or stroke. It is offered as a portion of all other Wellmobile screenings but may be conducted alone.
Requirements: No appointment necessary.
Illinois Eye Center
Description: A vision and/or glaucoma screening will be performed. No dilation or eye drops are required for either screening. Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. Risk factors include age, family history, farsightedness, nearsightedness, African or Hispanic ancestry, and conditions such as diabetes and high or low blood pressure. The vision screening will evaluate your vision for refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness).
Requirement: No appointment is necessary.
Description: This screening tests lung function to determine a person’s risk for emphazema, COPD and other diseases of the lungs. Spirometry is offered with all Wellmobile screenings.
Requirements: Must be under age 80 to participate. No appointment necessary.
Description: This screening requires a small blood sample from the finger. It measures total cholesterol, high density lipoprotein (HDL), low density lipoprotein (LDL), triglycerides and the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL. These factors help determine your risk for heart attack, stroke and/or diabetes. The cholesterol screening is offered as part of all Wellmobile screenings unless otherwise noted.
Requirements: An 8–12 hour fast is required for cholesterol screening. No appointment necessary.
Hearing Aids Screenings
Description: This screening will include an otoscopic exam, and pure-tone testing. An otoscopic exam will determine if the ear canal is clear and free of debris. Pure tone testing will determine if an individual has any initial signs of hearing loss. If signs of hearing loss are found, further testing can be scheduled at a later date.
Requirements: Otoscopic exam must show clear ear canals in order to proceed to the pure-tone testing.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How Do I Schedule The Wellmobile To Visit Where I Work, Shop Or Play?
There is no cost to have the Wellmobile visit your location. The screenings are held inside your facility. Our Wellmobile vans are used to transport supplies but the actual screenings are held inside your location.
Do I Need to Fast? For How Long?
The cholesterol and blood glucose screenings require an 8-12 hour fast prior to the screening.
Should I Take My Medications?
Please take all medications, as prescribed, with water only prior to attending a screening.
How Long Will It Take To Get My Results?
Blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, and spirometry results are available within about 5-10 minutes of performing the screenings. Wait times may vary from location to location.
How Much Do The Screenings Cost?
All our screenings are FREE! Our free screenings include blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, and spirometry.
Are Appointments Required?
We do not accept appointments for our screenings. The screenings are performed on a first-come, first-served basis.
How Often Should I Have My Cholesterol Checked?
An annual cholesterol screening is recommended for those who have normal cholesterol with a total cholesterol under 200. For those with high cholesterol, those with changes in medication and/or those who begin lifestyle changes (diet/exercise), it is recommended to have your cholesterol rechecked every 3-6 months.
Do You Offer Blood Glucose Testing Separately From Cholesterol Testing?
No. At this time, blood glucose and cholesterol are included in the same test. Both require an 8–12 hour fast.
What Results Will I Receive?
Results from a cholesterol screening include blood glucose, blood pressure, fasting cholesterol, and spirometry. Fasting cholesterol results include total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL), low-density lipoprotein (LDL), triglyceride, and the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol.
Who Staffs The UnityPoint Health Wellmobile?
UnityPoint Health employees perform all testing. UnityPoint Health employees complete annual training.
Will You Send A Copy Of The Results To My Doctor?
If your doctor works for UnityPoint Health AND if you sign the release on your screening participation form, we will be able to enter your results into our electronic medical records and alert your physician.