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MARION — Southern Illinois Healthcare broke ground Wednesday on a new blended Urgent Care and WORKCare clinic at 2804 East Outer Drive in Marion (just south of the Walmart parking lot).

“We identified a need in the region for occupational care and urgent care,” said Philip Schaefer, SIH's senior vice president of ambulatory services and chief care network development officer.

The new 6,500 square-foot clinic will cost $2.4 million and provide jobs for 25 additional employees.

Darrell Bryant, SIH vice president and chief operating officer, SIH Medical Group, said patients will have care near their homes or jobs, and on their terms.

“Patients can be seen quickly and reduce wait times,” Bryant said.

The goal, as a sign on the property advertises, is to get in, get out and get better.

The new urgent care will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, and appointments are not required. The facility will include imaging and laboratory services, as well as occupational health. The clinics will focus on expedient care, with a goal to see patients in 30 minutes or less.

Plans are to make telemedicine available for evaluating potential stroke patients, as well as for psychiatric services. Bryant said other telemedicine services may be added.

Electronic health records will allow patients and their primary care physicians to access a record of treatment at the urgent care.

Verlinda Henshaw, executive director of SIH Rehabilitation Services, said SIH offers comprehensive workplace services at Logan Park and in Murphysboro. Some of those services include pre-employment testing and physicals, medical evaluations, injury management, and more.

“In everything we do, we want to help both the employee and the employer,” Henshaw said.

She said patients and employers will see some big differences between the new blended clinic and current clinics. One is that lab and imaging will be on site. Another is extended hours.

“It will save both employees and employers time and money,” Henshaw said.

The new clinic will give SIH a larger presence in the community and a more visible site. Henshaw believes the overall concept of the new site will enable them to reach more people.

“We provides services to more than 1,300 companies throughout Southern Illinois with in excess of 20,000 employees who could or have accessed care [through SIH],” Henshaw said, adding that they see a good mix of injury and pre-employment patients.

Schaefer said it is good to be growing.

“We believe it is a sincere privilege to serve, and believe this is one way to serve in a convenient and coordinated manner,” Schaefer said.

The new blended clinic is anticipated to open by Labor Day 2018. Logan Park WORKcare will relocate to the new facility.



Marilyn Halstead is a reporter covering Williamson County.

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