Washington on Wheels Provides Care to Underserved Populations

Washington Hospital Healthcare System provides this unique service to bring great care to uninsured and underserved residents in their community.

Filling a Need in Southern Alameda County

Washington Hospital Healthcare System (WHHS) has created a mobile medical unit known as Washington On Wheels (W.O.W.) to provide medical and preventive care services to uninsured, underinsured, and underserved residents of Southern Alameda County, including Fremont, Newark, and Union City.

W.O.W.’s goal is to diagnose medical conditions before they get worse and to treat diagnosed chronic illnesses before they become life-threatening. The mobile clinic is staffed by a nurse practitioner working under the direction of board-certified family physician Dr. Steven Curran. W.O.W. accepts Medicare, Medi-Cal, and some insurance plans. The best part is that W.O.W. provides care regardless of immigration or financial status.

Services Provided

Washington on Wheels provides a wide range of preventive and educational services, including:

  • Physical Exams: Medical professionals will perform routine tests as well as examinations based on personal and family history.
  • Health Screenings: These tests are designed to uncover diseases or other conditions while they are still in the early and most treatable stages. Screenings will look for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and more based on the individual’s unique health profile.
  • Immunizations and Flu Shots: Flu vaccines create antibodies that protect against each year’s most common influenza strains. Washington on Wheels can also immunize for diseases such as mumps, measles, and meningitis.
  • Prescriptions: Common prescriptions include medications for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.  
  • Education and Counseling: W.O.W. helps inform community residents about their healthcare coverage options as well as providing health education and tips for nutrition and fitness.
  • Occupational Medicine: W.O.W. is available to deliver occupational medical services for employers and their employees.

Washington On Wheels Schedule

Washington On Wheels keeps a busy schedule all year round, serving families, seniors, and students.

  • Every Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Family Resource Center
    39155 Liberty Street
    Fremont, CA 94538
    (510) 574-2000
    * Clinic will be closed from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • First Wednesday of Each Month: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Fremont Senior Center
    40086 Paseo Padre Parkway
    Fremont, CA
    (510) 790-6600
    * Clinic will be closed from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Third Wednesday of Each Month: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Ralph and Mary Ruggieri Senior Center
    33997 Alvarado-Niles Road
    Union City, CA 94587
    (510) 675-5495
    * Clinic will be closed from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Washington On Wheels mobile clinic also visits Tri-City Area schools to provide medical services on Wednesdays when there is no scheduling conflict. Call (510) 608-3203 for more information.

Washington Hospital Healthcare System Is a Proud Partner of Canopy Health 

Washington Hospital Healthcare System is an integral member of the Canopy Health alliance. In addition to a 341-bed acute care hospital located in Fremont, WHHS also includes the Taylor McAdam Bell Neuroscience Institute, Washington Outpatient Surgery, and Washington Institute for Joint Restoration and Research, among several other outpatient and administrative facilities.