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Jefferson Urgent Care opens Monday

November 29, 1997

Jefferson Urgent Care opens Monday

By CLYDE FORD

Staff Writer

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson Memorial Hospital will be opening a medical office Monday in the Somerset Village Shopping Center aimed at commuters and others who can't get into their doctor's office.

Jefferson Urgent Care, in the same shopping center as Food Lion, is also intended to serve those who need immediate medical attention, but are not so seriously hurt they need the hospital's emergency room, said Jefferson Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Teresa McCabe.

The hospital is opening Jefferson Urgent Care with Medical Management Solutions of Martinsburg, she said.

Dr. Scott Morgan will be the primary physician at Jefferson Urgent Care. He's worked in Jefferson Memorial Hospital's emergency room for about five years, she said.

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The center also will be staffed by a nurse and a receptionist. Other physicians and staff will work part-time in the facility.

McCabe said that after the center has been running for some time, the hospital will evaluate the staffing situation there.

The hospital had considered putting the urgent care unit in the hospital near the emergency room, similar to Washington County Hospital's Express Care, she said.

But there was not adequate space for the urgent care in the hospital building, she said.

The urgent care will be for people who need medical help immediately, but who can't get into their doctor's office, she said.

"It's an alternative to using the emergency room when it's not an emergency," she said.

The urgent care unit will help free up emergency room resources, she said.

Jefferson Urgent Care will be open on Monday through Friday from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m..

Once the facility has been open for some time, the hours will be reevaluated and are subject to change, she said.

"We wanted to provide evening and weekend hours for commuters," she said.

Many of the commuters - and about half of Jefferson County's work force leave the county to travel to their work place - find it difficult to make it into their doctor's offices, she said.

However, the facility is not intended to compete with the area's physicians, she said.

"We don't want to be the primary care provider," she said.

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