To improve efficiencies and consolidate services, changes are coming to Mercy Urgent Care and Convenient Care centers in Eureka and Washington.
“Our goal is to ensure that patients are getting the right level of care and services for their injuries and illnesses,” said Dr. Jennifer Scheer, medical director for Mercy East Communities Convenient and Urgent Care centers. “Doing this saves patients time and money with shorter waits and lower co-pays than an emergency room visit.”
Mercy Hospital is closing its Urgent Care at 3195 Phoenix Center Drive in Washington March 1 at 8 p.m. Mercy Corporate Health at the same location will remain open. Mercy Convenient Care at 20 Legends Parkway in Eureka will be closed March 2 at 3 p.m. and all day March 3. It will reopen March 4 as a hospital-based Urgent Care with expanded hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Mercy will then have three walk-in clinics in the area for patients to receive care for their acute medical conditions:
Mercy Convenient Care/Urgent Care at Mercy Medical Building South, 901 Patients First Drive in Washington will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day as of March 4. The Convenient Care/Urgent Care is a dual care center. Patients are first seen by a triage nurse who determines what level of care patients need based on their illness or injury.
Mercy Convenient Care at 1935 Prairie Dell Road in Union is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. At Convenient Care, patients receive medical attention for minor injuries and illnesses such as colds or upset stomach for an office visit co-pay.
Effective March 4, Mercy Urgent Care at 20 Legends Parkway in Eureka will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. At Urgent Care, patients get medical attention for more complex medical conditions at a lower cost and with a shorter wait time than the emergency room. Urgent Care centers are run as hospital outpatient departments, which mean additional resources are available for an urgent care co-pay.
“All of our Convenient and Urgent Care centers offer flexible hours and walk-in convenience,” said Dr. Scheer. “Because they’re part of Mercy, they’re part of a care team with access to services and a shared electronic health record. Patients benefit because they receive coordinated care from highly trained and dedicated health providers who share important knowledge about their health.”