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    Registered Nurse Nataly Ortiz (left) and WKCAC advocate/forensics interviewer Klarissa Calvillo in the examination room of the newly acquired mobile medical unit. (Record Photo)

Medical unit is latest to join WKCAC fleet

It’s a scenario that has become all too familiar to the staff with the Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center.

When recently called to a home in Western Kansas, they were joined by the county attorney, law enforcement, a representative with the Department of Children and Families (DCF). In addition to a child advocate, new members of the team were two registered nurses who arrived in a newly acquired WKCAC mobile medical unit.

Along with conducting an on-site medical examination of the child who had been the initial concern of the investigation, the mobile unit provided a less intimidating environment in which the RNs could also conduct physical exams of the other children.

“They were able to document that a toddler and other children had bruises as well. We were able to get them into a safe place,” says Kelly Robbins, co-founder and director of WKCAC, based in Scott City.

The medical unit joins a fleet of six mobile RVs being used by WKCAC to extend its reach within its 33-county service area that stretches across Western Kansas. Three units are used for mental health evaluations and two are used for forensics interviewing.

 

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