Porterville, CA l February 06, 2017
– When health issues arise beyond the operating hours of a doctor’s
office but don’t warrant a trip to the Emergency Room, the Porterville
community no longer has to endure long lines and excessive wait times.
Sierra View Medical Center has developed an Urgent Care facility that
meets the specific need for acute treatment of non-life threatening illnesses
and injuries for surrounding communities.
Now welcoming patients, the SVMC Urgent Care facility is located within
the Sierra View Medical Office Building where Radiology and Lab services
are offered at 263 Pearson Dr. in Porterville, CA. With such close residence
to these services, Urgent Care will be able to deliver diagnoses at a
much faster rate.
“Not having to go to the emergency department for a sore throat,
ear pain, rash, extremity pain from a sprain or strain, or other non-emergent
care issues is beneficial in the sense that patients will be able to be
treated in the urgent care setting,” commented Dr. Jeffery Hudson-Covolo,
SVMC Vice President for Patient Care Services & Chief Nurse Executive.
The facility’s hours of operation are 4pm-11pm Monday-Friday and
11am-9pm weekends and holidays. These flexible hours and a walk-in service
for sudden health changes will create a short waiting environment for
patients. In fact, the Urgent Care Association of America reported over
80% of Urgent Care patients wait 15 minutes before evaluation thus allowing
patients to receive quick and comfortable care.
“The goal is to be in and out of the urgent care within 60 minutes
with thorough evaluation, treatment and discharge,” added Hudson.
This will not only be a convenience for patients in the Urgent Care facility,
but it will reduce the wait times of the Emergency Department as well
by allowing patients with non-life threatening injuries to be treated
in the urgent care setting and those patients with life-threatening injuries
to be seen and treated in the ER.
The SVMC Urgent Care facility is capable of serving patients with a variety
of acute health problems including, but not limited to, minor burns, broken
bones, sprains, colds, flu, etc. Though the facility offers a wider range
of services than a physician’s office, it is not equipped to administer
the same life-saving measures as the Emergency Department.
For an inside look into the operations of the new Urgent Care facility,
join Sierra View Medical Center and the Porterville Chamber of Commerce
for a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on March 7.