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Pharmacy Choice - Pharmaceutical News - Evangelical Community Hospital opens urgent care center [T-break Tech (Middle East)] - May 27, 2017

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 3/20/17 - Evangelical Community Hospital opens urgent care center [T-break Tech (Middle East)]

Evangelical Community Hospital opened West Branch Medical Center and introduced urgent care as a new service in November 2016.

The new 29,000-square-foot facility, located near the hospital along Route 15 just north of Lewisburg, provides a convenient location where care is ready when needed and caters to the medical needs identified by the community.

It is the new home for family medicine and urgent care. It also houses four outpatient services: bariatric, diabetes, pain medicine, and wound and hyperbaric medicine.

Urgent care represents a critical forward trend in healthcare, providing prompt, economically priced patient care for non-life-threatening illness and injury, hospital administrators said.

The concept fills the gap between emergency department visits and times when a primary healthcare provider in unavailable perhaps in the evening, during the weekends, or if the primary care physicians calendar is booked.

Understanding the difference between urgent care and emergency care can help determine the best location to seek treatment for an injury or illness. Urgent care should be chosen for non-life-threatening situations such as colds and flu-like symptoms; simple fractures and sprains; rashes and skin conditions including burns, cuts, and scrapes; animal bites; and school, camp, and sports physicals.

In addition to lower-cost care for non-life-threatening medical needs, extended center hours, efficient patient flow, and shorter wait times in a no-appointment-needed environment, Urgent Care of Evangelical also reduces the number of patients visiting the Emergency Department.

To further provide services that meet its patients requirements and expectations, Urgent Care of Evangelical offers patients access to onsite imaging and point-of-service lab testing, as well as selected immunizations, sports and camp physicals, and diagnostic testing.

Patients with a complex health history or chronic medical conditions, along with situations that could result in significant loss of blood, potential disability, or loss of life should still use emergency care as their direct option for medical attention. In cases such as seizures, severe chest pain or other signs of heart attack, stroke symptoms, difficulty breathing, or life-threatening injuries, it is safer to call 911 for help.

Since the opening of Urgent Care of Evangelical in the West Branch Medical Center, use of the service has exceeded expectations. More and more patients are choosing urgent care as an option for their medical needs.

In the first year of operation, Evangelical will be looking at how the service is utilized and assessing if the hours that are set are meeting the needs of the community.

In addition, based on the first few months of operation, the hospital is expanding its provider base to meet the demand of patients in need, to keep wait times within a reasonable range.



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