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.
In February 2002, the UnityPoint Health Wellmobile hit the streets! The program offering 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.
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.
Description: This screening measures in your arms and ankles to see if you are at risk for peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD causes the arteries to the arms, legs and internal organs to narrow and increases a person’s risk for heart attack or stroke.
Requirements: Participants must have clean and dry feet and be able to remove shoes, socks, or stockings.
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.
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.
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.
Description: A heart screening includes a full electrocardiogram (EKG). It measures and records the electrical impulses generated from cells as they travel through the heart. This test may detect abnormalities in the rhythm of the heart. These abnormalities may indicate an increased risk for heart attack, heart disease or stroke.
Requirements: Participates must be able to remove their shirt for this screening. We recommend wearing a button-down shirt. No appointment necessary.
Cost: $40.00 cash or check. Exact change is appreciated.
Description: TThis 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: A prostate screening is recommended for men over the age of 50. From a sample of blood, a laboratory tests the level of a certain type of protein, prostate-specific antigen (PSA), produced by the prostate gland. The level of this protein can indicate risk of an enlarged prostate, prostate cancer or other prostate-related problems.
Requirements: No appointment necessary.
Cost: $25.00 cash or check. Exact change is appreciated.
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.
To schedule a Wellmobile stop you can print the request form off of the website (under Contact Us). Once you have completely filled out the form, please fax to Stacey Varnes at (309) 673-9538. If you have any questions regarding the form, contact Stacey via e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at (309) 495-4727.
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.
In order to provide the most accurate results, the cholesterol/blood glucose screenings require an 8-12 hour fast prior to the screening. You may take medications as needed (with water) but please refrain from eating or drinking anything other than water, black coffee, or unsweetened tea.
Please take all medications, as prescribed, with water only prior to attending a screening.
Blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose and spirometry results are available within about 10-15 minutes of performing the screenings. The cholesterol/blood glucose screening takes only 5 minutes once the blood sample is placed into the analyzer. The vascular screening takes roughly 15-20 minutes to perform and results are immediate. The prostate screening may only take a few minutes to perform and results will be mailed to the participant within 7-10 business days of the screening. The heart screening will take several minutes to perform and results will be mailed to the participant within 7-10 business days of the screening. Wait times may vary from location to location.
The blood glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol and spirometry portion of the screening is about 15–20 minutes. Wait times vary from location to location.
Most of our screenings are FREE! Our free screenings include: blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, spirometry, and our vascular screening. Our low-cost screenings include a heart screening ($40) and a prostate screening ($25).
You will need to pay for your screening a the time of service. You may pay in cash or check. If you pay in cash, we appreciate exact change. If you pay by check, please make your check payable to UnityPoint Health.
No appointments are necessary. We do not accept appointments for our screenings. The screenings are performed on a first-come, first-served basis.
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.
No. At this time, blood glucose and cholesterol are included in the same test. Both require an 8–12 hour fast.
Results from a cholesterol screening include blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol, which includes total cholesterol, high density lipoproteins (HDL), low density lipoproteins (LDL), triglycerides, ratio of total cholesterol to high density lipoproteins and spirometry.
The Wellmobile does not perform mammograms. However, UnityPoint Health has a wonderful program provided through its Breast Health Center. The MammoVan program travels throughout the community providing mammograms to women in our community. If you are interested in more information about the MammoVan program, please contact Donna Richmond at (309) 672-4640. To schedule a mammogram please call (309) 671-8282.
We do not currently offer an osteoporosis screening (Heel Scan). If interested in a heel scan, we encourage you to contact UnityPoint Clinic at UnityPoint Health at 309-693-2020.
UnityPoint Health employees perform all testing. These individuals have undergone special training to perform these screening and are evaluated annually on their skills.
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.
We do not offer screenings for strokes. If you are interested in learning about what stroke screenings are available through UnityPoint Health, please contact Rachel Dagit at (309) 671-7779.