Hospital Tap Care Centers For Growth
At least two Indiana Hospital corporations are touting the success of immediate care centers.
They collectively serve hundreds of thousands of patients each year. Franciscan St. Francis Health Spokesman Joe Stuteville says they've just opened their fifth immediate care center in Central Indiana. Stuteville says the latest one is located in Hamilton County (Westfield).
Stuteville says this follows the acquisition of "Immediate Care Centers Inc." St. Francis bought out four existing immediate care centers. Stuteville says the centers play a crucial role in easing overcrowded trauma centers in Indiana. However, he says they address minor healthcare issues during hours when primary care doctors aren't available.
Meantime, Commmunity Health Ambulatory Division CEO John Fohrer says they run six, "Med Checks" and three, stand alone "Med Check Expresses" located in Walmart. Fohrer says they expect to get 80-thousand patient visits a year. He says they fill the gap between primary and trauma care.
While the centers aren't new, Fohrer says they're an expanding model that fills the gap between trauma centers and primary care visits. Fohrer says they expect to open more such facilities and are looking at expanding care to include general health screenings.