It never fails, when you or your child gets sick enough to need a doctor it's after the doctor's office is closed. That often sends people to the emergency room a costly and timely alternative. In fact, a recent study found 70% of ER visits aren't truly emergencies and could be treated in urgent care clinics. As Nancy Naeve Brown tells us that is very reason why Avera Queen of Peace opened an Urgent Care in the Corn Palace City.
When Thomas Baker from Mt. Vernon hurt his foot over the weekend, his mom and dad were worried he'd broken it. Then Rhonda Baker remembered the Avera Urgent Care Clinic was open for business in Mitchell so they brought him here.
Rhonda Baker says, "It was a very convenient fit for my family. It limited my time away from work and limited Thomas's time away from school."
Avera Queen of Peace extensively researched if urgent care was needed in Mitchell and it came back an overwhelming yes. Dr. Darla Edinger is the medical supervisor at the clinic. She tells us it's open 7 days a week and is meant to fill a gap between providers and their patients.
Dr. Edinger says, "Every primary provider tries diligently to provide services for all patients for routine medical care, acute illnesses, but as we all know there are times when you get sick when it's after hours, the clinic is closed or the provider is over booked. This allows patients to come in and be treated acutely and then follow up with their primary care provider."
In the procedure room they can take care of small things like splinting or removing foreign bodies in your eyes, ears, or mouth but there are some things they can't do and that is when you have to go the ER.
Dr. Edinger says, "That's a really important distinction. Urgent Care is an office space facility. Meaning, we treat patients like a provider does in their office. We don't have all the facilities an ER has. So if you have a broken bone where parts are sticking out or you've hit your head and been knocked unconscious and you are going to need a CT scan we can't do those types of things. We do take care of bumps, bruises, fevers; pain on urination anything acutely to get you back to work or school."
Before the Urgent Care opened up, people were forced to go to the ER for everything over the weekend and after suppertime.
Rhonda says, "It just didn't seem like an ER visit."
She was right. An X-ray of Thomas's right foot showed it wasn't broken just a deep bruise. Although his foot hurt, his parents said it felt perfectly right bringing him here. They got peace of mind and no one had to take time out of their schedule last minute on Monday. Avera's Urgent Care is definitely just what the community ordered.
Avera's Urgent Care Clinic in Mitchell
200 East Havens Ave (Corner of Havens and South Lawler)
Monday through Friday 2:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.