SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a mobile health care service for children, will add dental services to its local services beginning Jan. 5.

The Care Mobile, sponsored by the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/Washington State University College of Nursing and Inland Northwest Health Services with support from the Ronald McDonald House Charities, was established in September 2002. It has been wheeling its way around schools, McDonald’s Restaurants and community events throughout Spokane County since that time.

Dental services will be provided by Dr. Peter Joss, DDS (retired). He will be assisted by two dental hygiene students from Eastern Washington University. Services will include cleaning, x rays, sealant, fluoride and dental education. Referrals will be offered on Mondays at Rogers High School and are available by appointment only by calling (509) 324-7291. Parents must accompany their children to the dental appointment.

Health care and medical services will be offered every weekday but Thursday. The new schedule for health care and dental services will begin when Spokane School District #81 classes resume Jan. 5.

Families may bring their children to the Care Mobile from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the following Spokane school locations:

Monday, Rogers High School, 1622 E. Wellesley (dental/medical)
Tuesday, Stevens Elementary School, 1717 E. Sinto (medical)
Wednesday, Glover Middle School, 2402 W. Longfellow (medical)
Friday, Bethel AME Church, 645 S. Richard Allen Court (medical)

The Care Mobile is a mobile health service for the entire community. Patients can come from any location and be seen by a nurse practitioner. The Care Mobile, staffed by nurse practitioners from the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/WSU College of Nursing, provides physicals, treatment of minor illnesses and injuries, vision and hearing screening, and immunizations to children and young people from newborn to age 21.

The Care Mobile offers services to the community, regardless of the ability of the patient to pay.  A fee for services payment plan allows for a large portion of uninsured children to receive medical care. The Care Mobile also accepts Washington State Health coupons, as well as most insurance plans.

For more information about the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, visit the Web sites located at http://nursing.wsu.edu/commpart.asp or http://www.spokanecaremobile.org.

Established in 1968, the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/WSU College of Nursing is the nation’s first, oldest and most comprehensive nursing education consortium. The WSU College of Nursing offers baccalaureate, graduate and professional development course work to nursing students enrolled through its four consortium partners: Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, WSU and Whitworth College. Each year, the college educates more than 650 graduate and upper-division undergraduate students and prepares more entry-level nurses than any other educational institution in the state. For more information about the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/WSU College of Nursing, visit the college Web site at http://nursing.wsu.edu/.