Sheridan Memorial Hospital's new urgent care facility is nearly complete and could be open by the end of the month.
Chief Human Resources Doctor Len Gross is the project manager. He says the opening date depends on approval from the Wyoming Department of Health. Plans call for the facility to initially operate Mondays through Saturdays, from 10 to 8.
Dr. John Addlesperger is the facility's medical director. He says considerable efforts have been made to keep the cost of service as low as possible to meet their goal of providing high-quality convenient care at a reasonable cost. The facility is adjacent to the hospital's emergency department and, in fact, will make use of two existing emergency examination rooms.
The project manager said people coming to the facility will use the emergency department's parking lot and enter through the emergency room doors, but urgent care will have its own separate waiting area as well as an additional exam room. Urgent care staff will include Kelly Lied, who will handle day-to-day operations, along with a nurse.
The project manager said the urgent care center can provide care more quickly and efficiently than the emergency room, while freeing up the ER staff for genuine emergencies. Urgent care services will include treatment for upper respiratory, urinary tract, skin and wound infections, minor lacerations and fractures, and minor traumas like sprained ankles. Individuals who come to urgent care with more serious complaints, like shortness of breath or chest pains, can be directed immediately to the ER. He said the hospital has been looking at providing urgent care “for quite some time,” although serious efforts only began about seven months ago.