(PRWEB) August 06, 2013
Medical Center of Marin has partnered with the Marin County Department of Health & Human Services to dispense medication and vaccinations to the general public free of charge in the event of a public health emergency. Public health emergencies are defined as when there is risk to the population as a whole or to our local region and preventative medications (prophylaxis) need to be taken immediately.
The only time that the Health Department would ask businesses to dispense medications to clients, employees and their families without medical oversight would be in the very rare event that there is a great risk to the whole population and preventative medication is needed to be taken immediately. An example of this type of event would be a bioterrorist release of anthrax or the existence of other infectious particles in the air. In such a situation, the community would be notified through the emergency alert system; Medical Center of Marin will become a closed Point of Dispensing (POD) and will have the ability to dispense medications out to their employees, and the population that they serve, in the quickest and most effective manner.
MCoM will be trained on how to handle individualized situations, such as antibiotic or vaccine allergies and will have materials that have been provided by the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (MCDHHS) to reference during such a response. MCoM will receive guidance about the medications developed by the MCDHHS and/or the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dispensing staff would provide pre-prepared written information about the reason for the emergency medications, benefits and possible side effects of taking the medication to all employees and patients. No one will be turned down for medication during the dispensing process and, even in an emergency, each person can make the decision whether or not to take the medication.
“MCoM has always been focused on serving our local community so we are proud to partner with MCDHHS to aid in the relief effort in the event of a public health emergency.” –Brett Curtis, MD JD, Managing Partner, Medical Center of Marin.
Medical Center of Marin is an urgent care clinic located in Corte Madera just off Highway 101. They offer minimal wait time and personalized walk-in-service at a cost that is far less than an emergency room visit. They provide a wide-range of services including physician visits, full-lab and pharmacy onsite, digital x-ray facilities, physical therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic care. Their hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 2pm. All but life threatening injuries can be treated at this locally owned and managed clinic. MCoM has been serving the community of Marin County for the last 25 years.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Loral Wright, Marketing Specialist
Medical Center of Marin
101 Casa Buena Drive
Corte Madera, CA 94925