SOMC sets goal to treat, discharge all urgent care patients within 60 minutes

Southern Ohio Medical Center has put an emphasis on making sure that patients who visit any of their three urgent care facilities will be treated and on their way home within 60 minutes of their arrival.

“Many urgent care visits are not planned. We understand that when you come to the urgent care, you want to receive care and be on your way as quickly as possible,” SOMC Administrative Director of Nursing Mary Kate Dilts-Skaggs said. “That’s why our goal is to have our patients back on their way home within 60 minutes of when they first arrived.”

SOMC has urgent care facilities in Portsmouth, Wheelersburg and Waverly.

“Our urgent care facilities are designed to be a faster alternative to an Emergency Department visit,” Dilts-Skaggs said. “We provide care for minor illnesses and injuries. We can also treat cuts, sprains and broken bones.”

SOMC Urgent Care staff includes a combination of physicians, certified nurse practitioners, nurses, x-ray technologists, registration staff and lab technologists. All three facilities also provide outpatient lab, x-ray services and physicals.

The Portsmouth Urgent Care facility also has an Ambulatory Infusion Clinic, which provides for patients in need of IV antibiotics, IVIG, Reclast and blood products without having to admit them into the hospital.

Additional services are also available in the Waverly Urgent Care and Specialty Center. This facility offers consultations and follow-up appointments with SOMC specialists such as pulmonology, neurology, general surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, medical oncology and orthopedics.

The Portsmouth Urgent Care can be reached at (740) 356-7920.

The Wheelersburg Urgent Care can be reached at (740) 574-9090.

The Waverly Urgent Care can be reached at (740) 947-7662.

For more information, visit www.somc.org or like SOMC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SouthernOhioMedicalCenter.