5/9/2012 1:20:30 PM
Lancaster General Health opened a new Urgent Care in Ephrata on Tuesday, May 29. The one-story 5,000 square-foot center, located in the 222 Commons next to the Sheetz convenience store at 895 E. Main St., Routes 322 and 222, provides extended hours for minor medical emergencies and outpatient laboratory, X-ray and EKG services.
"This hybrid model meets the needs for patients requiring immediate urgent care and for LG Health patients who live in the area and need a convenient place to come for outpatient lab and imaging services that are closer to where they live," explained Susan Wynne, Senior Vice President of Ambulatory Services for LG Health.
"One in four people, who live in this part of the county, travel into Lancaster City for their medical care. Based on the success of our first Urgent Care, which opened in 2010 on Spring Valley Road in Lancaster, we know there is a need for these services in the community," said Wynne.
LG Health anticipates 9,800 visits to the new Urgent Care in its first year of operation, in addition to nearly 12,000 lab visits and 3, 500 X-ray procedures. The Urgent Care will be staffed by physicians on the medical staff at LG Health. Open seven days a week with no appointment necessary, Urgent Care is ideal when medical attention is needed for sprains, cuts, burns, infections or flu symptoms and when patients cannot get in to see their family doctor, such as after hours or on holidays.
"Patients are seeking fast, convenient and cost-effective alternatives when their primary-care physicians are not available and their conditions do not warrant visits to the emergency department," added Jasmeet Bhogal, MD, medical director for LG Health Urgent Care. "True emergencies like chest pain, stroke, severe burns or trouble breathing should always be treated at an emergency department."
The Urgent Care physicians will provide follow up reports to patients' primary care physicians. Physician practices using the same electronic medical record system as LG Health will have immediate access to patient records, including laboratory and imaging studies performed at LG Health.
Hours for the LG Health Urgent Care in Ephrata are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. outpatient lab and radiology services are available from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.
LG Health will offer occupational medicine services beginning in the Fall 2012, and by the end of the year, Smilebuilderz urgent care dental services has plans to locate next door to the LG Health Urgent Care.
For more information visit www.LGHealthUrgentCare.org or call 1-888-LGH-INFO (544-4636).