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Urgent Care Center Opens in Waynesburg

Southwest Regional Medical Center saw a need to provide Urgent Care services right here in Waynesburg and answered the call with the opening of InstaCare Urgent Care last fall.

"We were seeing many patients through the emergency department who were not truly emergency level patients," explained Ronald Aiello, M.D., and medical director of the SRMC emergency department. "The opening of the InstaCare now offers a better option to meet the needs of these patients."

InstaCare Urgent Care typically treats less urgent, non-life threatening medical conditions, such as sprains, strains, colds and flu. Urgent Care Centers have gained in popularity in recent years as a convenience during times when a patient's primary physician may not be available. Patients, of any age, can walk in without an appointment during business hours. According to the Urgent Care Association of America, the number of urgent care centers is now nearly double that of emergency departments. They also note the average door to door time for urgent care centers is 60 minutes.

"We have been trending our total visit times and we are currently averaging 39 minutes from the time a patient hits the door until the time they are discharged," explained Lisa Gagliardi, M.D., at InstaCare Urgent Care.

Upon presenting to the center, patients will pay their urgent care or specialist co-pay and not their emergency department co-payment. Urgent Care and office visit co-payments are generally less than emergency department co-payments. InstaCare Urgent Care is equipped with on-site x-ray capabilities and a laboratory. It is staffed with a physician who oversees all care provided and also nurses, medical assistants and diagnostic imaging technologists.

InstaCare is located in the Greene Plaza. It is open 7 days per week from 9 am – 9 pm on weekdays and 10 am – 6 pm on weekends and most holidays.

InstaCare Urgent Care is also an option for local employers and employees as it offers a vast array of occupational medicine services including, drug testing, pre-employment physicals and treatment of non-emergent work related injuries.

For more information, call (724) 627-1950 or visit http://southwestregionalmedical.com

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