McPherson Hospital announces an urgent care clinic soon to be opened near the hospital grounds. The hospital board and administration have been working on this concept for many months, and the infrastructure is finally in place to move forward.
The clinic will be housed at 823 North Main and will share space with the hospital’s Corporate Health Services Clinic. The two clinics will be able to coexist because the Urgent Care Clinic will be open “after hours” on Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until noon. This urgent care service should be operational the first week of February.
“We realize the continuing need for this type of health service in our community and are pleased to be able to offer minor emergency care in this clinic setting,” said Rob Monical, McPherson Hospital CEO.
The clinic will be staffed with 5 health providers and a physician medical director. Clinic organizer and manager Jennifer Alexander, APRN-C, will assist in the day-to-day operations. Patient care will be provided by Melisa Cooper, P.A., Erica Selzer, P.A., Brooke Kanitz, APRN-C, Lacey Kliewer, APRN-C, and Autumn Wilgers, APRN-C. Medical director will be Delane Vaughn, M.D., who is also a hospitalist at the main hospital facility.
According to Alexander, “We will be able to immediately diagnose and treat a variety of minor and common illnesses such as bronchitis, flu, cold, sinus infection, minor burns and cuts, ear ache, pink eye and more. All of this is with the full support and resources of McPherson Hospital a couple of blocks away.”
The Urgent Care Clinic is considered an outpatient facility of McPherson Hospital so all insurance accepted by the hospital will be accepted by the clinic as well as cash, checks, credit or debit cards, and Medicare or Medicaid.
The clinic will see patients of any age 12 months and older. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Prescriptions will be written from this facility with the exception of narcotics. More serious emergent cases such as chest pains, open fractures, shortness of breath or severe injuries will be referred to the hospital’s emergency department.
The hospital hopes to expand clinic services in the future should the demand warrant. “We want to be our community’s first choice for health care,” said Monical. “This clinic gives our neighbors and friends another option for urgent health services.”
More specific information will be released closer to the opening date.