SOMC Opens Urgent Care Center in Portsmouth, June 20

Southern Ohio Medical Center has announced that the Health Care Center located at 1248 Kinneys Lane (SOMC’s south campus) in Portsmouth will convert to an Urgent Care Center beginning June 20, 2010.

“We recognize the community’s need for a more centralized Urgent Care Center,” SOMC President and CEO Randy Arnett, said. “By evolving the Health Care Center into an urgent care facility, this will provide a new option for non-emergent care for the people in our area.”

“The Health Care Center has functioned as a very successful freestanding emergency department since 1998, though many people thought it was already an Urgent Care Center,” Claudia Burchett, chief nursing officer at SOMC, said. “With the recent expansion of our Main Campus Emergency Department, there no longer is a need for two emergency facilities in Portsmouth and the growing need for urgent care is more prevalent.”

Mary Kate Dilts Skaggs, director of nursing for Emergency, Pediatrics and Outpatient Services at SOMC, explained that like the Urgent Care Center in Wheelersburg, the Urgent Care Center-Portsmouth will provide non-emergency treatment for minor medical complaints, including minor lacerations, urinary tract infections, earaches, migraine headaches, sprains, and fever. The center also will offer care to patients whose primary care physician is not available.

“Many local organizations are adopting insurance plans with much higher deductibles and co-pays for Emergency Department visits, whereas the cost of a visit to the Urgent Care Center is comparably less,” Dilts Skaggs said. “The decision to provide a second, more centralized urgent care center will be a cost savings opportunity for our local patients.”

The hours of operation will remain the same (9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Saturday). Outpatient services, testing, (including lab and x-ray) as well as the Ambulatory Infusion Clinic will continue to be available at the Urgent Care Center-Portsmouth location from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Saturday.

“We truly feel that this decision is in the best interest of our organization and our community,” Arnett added. “We hope the community will work with us as we grow and continue to provide the excellent quality care for our patients and their families.”

To better meet the needs of the community, SOMC also offers an Urgent Care Center in Wheelersburg, located at 8770 Ohio River Rd. for the treatment of minor medical complaints. This facility has been open for 12 years and the hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday-Saturday. For more information please call, (740) 574-9090.

In addition to the opening of the Urgent Care Center-Portsmouth, SOMC has also started an Athletic Training Outreach Program. Student athletes who participate in the program will have priority access to a Saturday morning Sports Injury Clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. located inside the Urgent Care Center-Portsmouth building. For more information please call, (740) 356-7438.