MARION — Southern Illinois Healthcare and Marion Chamber of Commerce on Thursday hosted a ribbon cutting and business after hours for its new SIH Urgent Care Work Care clinic at 2808 E. Outer Drive in Marion.
The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week for treatment of minor illness and injury that are not life-threatening or serious, such as sinus infections or allergies, flu, sore throats, cuts, minor burns, sunburns, stings and bites. Appointments are not necessary.
The new clinic is 6,500 square feet and has on-site imaging and laboratory services. They can administer flu shots and other vaccinations. In addition to urgent care services, work care is available, such as work and sports physicals, alcohol and drug testing and occupational health services.
Darrell Bryant, vice president and chief operating officer for SIH, said the center only has been open a short time, but the number of patients is showing there was a need for a facility that could provide patient care quickly.
“It’s a higher level of care, so we see somewhat those patients who would normally go to the ER. Now they can be treated here,” Bryant said. “Every day the volume goes up.”
Bryant said one of the best services at the urgent care is Clockwise MD.
“Clockwise lets you log in and get in line to be seen before you arrive at the urgent care,” Bryant said.
Patient can log in online or download the app and log in from a cellphone. They will receive a text message when it is time to show up. Patients can adjust the notice to allow time to drive to the facility.
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Bryant also is proud of the center’s door-to-door treatment times, or the time it takes to get a patient who enters the building back out and on his or her way. He said patients are spending an average of 20 to 40 minutes at the urgent care.
“That is very quick. We’re proud of that,” Bryant said.
Although SIH Urgent Care Work Care is geared toward minor injuries and illnesses, Verlinda Henshaw, executive director of SIH Rehabilitation Services, said the clinic is equipped with a trauma area. The facility and its staff will be able to help stabilize and treat a patient who needs transferred to the emergency room for further treatment.
Electronic health records will give staff access to patient records from their primary physicians, as well as any recent imaging or labs.
Marion Mayor Anthony Rinella welcomed SIH and the clinic to the city of Marion. He said the clinic is an absolutely amazing facility in the health care market.
“We feel in Marion, we are a leader in Southern Illinois, both in progress and health care. What a fitting venture for both of us to be here,” Rinella said. “Communities everywhere need good healthcare, and Marion is blessed with good healthcare.”
Rex Budde, president and chief executive officer for SIH, said the location is good for both SIH and patients.
“We are thrilled to be here. Again, our mission to take care of all the people in the communities we serve, and that is what we focus on. This facility is going to help us do that,” Budde said.