Jeromy Sjolseth, Director of Operations of Immediate Clinic centers, explained how urgent care services fit the current needs of the community. “Patients are turning to urgent care as the prescription for their medical needs for many reasons; the crisis in the ER, the shortage of primary care physicians, and long wait times to see a doctor or get an appointment. We’re giving families a solution and Seattle is embracing as we continue to grow.”
Greater Seattle area residents can benefit from checking Immediate Clinic’s new website, which incorporates an online appointment booking service, and indications of current patient volumes and wait times. According to the 2010 Emergency Department Pulse Report, an emergency room wait time averages around four hours. Immediate Clinic is solving the common problem that families encounter when trying to get medical care quickly by having multiple locations with extended weekday, weekend, and holiday hours. In traditional medicine, the wait time for an appointment with an internist is 28 days on average, and 30 days on average with a specialist (The American Medical Association)
The new Immediate Clinic open in Bellevue, Washington, will also help modern families to feel comfortable while they await medical attention. The urgent care centers are designed with both appearance and function in mind. Reception areas are large, inviting, and brightly colored. Flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi, and loaner iPads are also available to keep patients connected as well as entertained.
“Our approach to health care is so different, yet so successful, because we truly understand and cater to busy patients who want quick, affordable, quality care in a modern facility that allows them to stay connected to the outside world,” added Sjolseth. “We’re replacing the fish tank in the lobby with high-tech equipment for the family on-the-go. Plus, we've eliminated the long waits, outdated equipment, high co-pays and staggering cash pay fees of the traditional emergency room, while at the same time keeping the highest level of care.”
The mission of this fast-growing urgent care chain is to treat every patient with respect and compassion, and to serve the local communities by providing the highest quality medical care. By the end of 2014, Immediate Clinic plans to add 10 more locations to the greater Seattle area.
Immediate Clinic has seven locations in the greater Seattle Area. For more information, visit www.immediateclinic.com or call 919-459-8163.