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New Bedford, MA – Saint Anne’s Hospital, a Steward Family Hospital in Fall River, today broke ground for the new Urgent Care Center at Riverside Landing, on Coggeshall Street in New Bedford.
Scheduled to open in fall 2014, the new 10,000-square-foot urgent care center will provide walk-in outpatient care for the treatment of non-life-threatening illness or injuries when a patient’s primary care physician is not available, or when more expensive emergency room care is not required.
“Urgent care centers provide a prompt and cost-effective alternative to emergency room visits for treatment of illnesses or injuries when a patient’s primary care physician is not available,” said John Jurczyk, FACHE, chief operating officer at Saint Anne’s Hospital. Some of the conditions that can be treated at an urgent care center include sore throats, ear infections, sinusitis, cuts and bruises, simple fractures, allergic reactions, asthma, nausea/vomiting, back pain, pneumonia, diarrhea, and upper respiratory infections.
Located adjacent to exit 17 on Interstate 195 in a popular new complex also occupied by Market Basket and other retailers, the hospital’s new outpatient service will feature 12 private exam rooms, a diagnostic laboratory, and diagnostic imaging that includes all-digital X-ray, ultrasound, CT scan, and EKG services. It will be staffed by urgent care physicians and other clinicians associated with Hawthorn Medical Associates and Saint Anne’s Hospital. It is scheduled to be open seven days a week, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
James Gularek, chief executive officer of Hawthorn Medical Associates, notes, “Urgent care does not replace primary care, and it is not a substitute for a hospital emergency room, but it does fill a special need.” For example, if a patient develops a routine illness or injury that requires care when the primary care physician’s office is closed, but is not serious enough to require a more expensive visit to the emergency room, “urgent care providers can help,” said Gularek. Urgent care services also are covered by most insurances.
Architect for the project is Steffian Bradley Architects, Boston. The general contractor is Charles Construction Co., of North Andover, with project management by Dickinson Development Corp., of Quincy, and D.W. White, of Acushnet.
Financing for the project is being provided by Rockland Trust, lending $3.3 million through the New Markets Tax Credit program which promotes job creation and economic redevelopment.
“We are committed to partnering with the business community,” explained Stephen Hall, first vice president at Rockland Trust. “This investment supports our vision of building strong relationships with all the communities we serve.” Rockland Trust’s New Markets Tax Credit loans have helped create or maintain over 3,900 jobs and financed the redevelopment of more than 3.3 million square feet of real estate.
Located in Fall River, MA, Saint Anne’s Hospital is a community hospital with comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care services, serving adults and children from southeastern Massachusetts and nearby Rhode Island at its main campus in Fall River and at its community satellites.
Founded in 1906 by the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, Saint Anne's Hospital is a member of Steward Health Care, the largest fully integrated community care organization in New England. Saint Anne’s has been recognized time and again for quality, safety and service by such organizations as The Joint Commission (“Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for Heart Attack, Surgery and Pneumonia Care”); Healthgrades (Stroke Care Excellence Award 2013); The Leapfrog Group (“A” for patient safety); Harvard Pilgrim (Hospital Honor Roll for top 15% in U.S. for quality, safety and patient satisfaction); and Blue Cross Blue Shield (“Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement”).