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New urgent-care center to open

August 12, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ
  • The owners of a Westminster, Md., urgent-care clinic are opening a second branch in Hagerstown. Dr. Gerald Apollon, the medical director, said U.N.I. Urgent Care Center will open Saturday in Suite 101 of Varsity Medical Center at 11236 Robinwood Drive.
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The owners of a Westminster, Md., urgent-care clinic are opening a second branch in Hagerstown.

Dr. Gerald Apollon, the medical director, said U.N.I. Urgent Care Center will open Saturday in Suite 101 of Varsity Medical Center at 11236 Robinwood Drive.

Varsity Medical Center is near Robinwood Medical Center and the soon-to-open Meritus Medical Center, which will replace Washington County Hospital.

Washington County Health System, the hospital's parent organization, has an urgent-care center at Robinwood Medical Center and one on Pennsylvania Avenue, north of Hagerstown.

In March, James P. Hamill, the Health System's president and CEO, announced a plan to open a third urgent-care center in the E.J. Fennel Building at 324 E. Antietam St. in Hagerstown around the end of the year, when Meritus Medical Center opens.

Apollon said Monday he thinks the need still is high enough to justify another urgent-care center. The hospital emergency room is crowded and most patients can't get a same-day appointment with a physician, he said.

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The urgent-care clinic will treat people with colds, walking pneumonia and other ailments that don't require hospitalization.

Apollon said there will be eight employees.

The clinic will open Saturday. The hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

A grand opening will be held Aug. 21 for medical staff. One will be held the next day for patients.

Apollon said U.N.I. is not an acronym -- it refers to "You and I."

The Westminster center opened about two years ago. Some employees live in Washington County, which prompted the interest in expanding to this area, Apollon said.

U.N.I. Urgent Care Center is the first medical office that will open in the new Varsity Medical Center, said Robert Marsh, a vice president with Washco Homes who works in Washco's development division.

The building, which was finished last year, is expected to be all medical-related offices, he said.

The entire main level probably will be filled within 30 days, he said.

Marsh said the proximity of Meritus Medical Center is a draw.

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