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UTRGV School of Medicine mobile clinic is in Houston, providing medical aid to hurricane victims

Dr. Charles Lewis (at left), a family medicine resident with the UTRGV Family Medicine Residency Program at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, poses with a Houston-area resident outside the UTRGV School of Medicine’s mobile clinic, Unimóvil.

Dr. Charles Lewis (at left), a family medicine resident with the UTRGV Family Medicine Residency Program at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, poses with a Houston-area resident outside the UTRGV School of Medicine’s mobile clinic, Unimóvil. Lewis traveled to hurricane ravaged Houston with fellow healthcare professionals from the School of Medicine to provide medical care to residents affected by Harvey. (UTRGV Photo Courtesy of the Unimóvil Team)

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By Jennifer L. Berghom

HOUSTON, TEXAS – SEPT. 7, 2017 – A team from the UTRGV School of Medicine braved the elements to travel to the Houston area this week, to offer medical services to residents affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Led by Dr. Eron Manusov, assistant dean of Clinical Education and professor and chair of the UTRGV School of Medicine’s Department of Family and Community Medicine, the team of UTRGV School of Medicine healthcare professionals on Tuesday morning took the School of Medicine’s mobile clinic, Unimóvil, north to provide medical care throughout the week.

Team members included:

  • Dr. Eliana Costantino-Burgazzi, resident from Knapp Family Medicine.
  • Dr. Charles Lewis, resident from Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Family Medicine.
  • Lucy Rodriguez, nurse.
  • And Jesse Delgado, community health worker.

The team is working in partnership with UnitedHealth Foundation (UHF) to offer medical care to residents. UHF and the UTRGV School of Medicine have been working together for the past three years to provide healthcare to underserved areas; UHF provided funding for the mobile clinic.

In Houston, the Unimóvil team has been providing care for allergies, coughs and pneumonia, skin diseases, cuts, chronic diseases, diabetes and other illnesses.

Manusov said many patients have suffered loss and need refills on their medications. Many are experiencing anxiety from what they have experienced, among other concerns, he said.

South Texas Health System and UHF donated supplies, including tetanus shots and supplies for asthma.

From ground zero, Manusov Tweeted: “Water 4 feet high in houses destroyed. A lot (of) asthma, GI symptoms. Dr. (Charles) Lewis, Dr. (Eliana) Constantino and Dr. (Jesus) Garza a great team.”

Follow Dr. Manusov on Twitter: @eron_utrgv.

Dr. Eron Manusov (at center, dark shirt) assistant dean of Clinical Education, and professor and chair of the UTRGV School of Medicine’s Department of Family and Community Medicine, prepare to treat patients inside Unimóvil, the School of Medicine’s mobile clinic. Manusov and fellow healthcare professionals from the UTRGV School of Medicine traveled to Houston this week to provide medical care to residents affected by Hurricane Harvey. (UTRGV Photo Courtesy of the Unimóvil Team)

Dr. Eron Manusov (at center, dark shirt) assistant dean of Clinical Education, and professor and chair of the UTRGV School of Medicine’s Department of Family and Community Medicine, prepares to treat patients inside Unimóvil, the School of Medicine’s mobile clinic. Manusov and fellow healthcare professionals from the UTRGV School of Medicine traveled to Houston this week to provide medical care to residents affected by Hurricane Harvey. (UTRGV Photo Courtesy of the Unimóvil Team)

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