Tennova, Cleveland's hometown hospital, is expanding.
The hospital announced Friday it will open a walk-in primary care center on Paul Huff Parkway in Cleveland, followed by two additional facilities in other areas of the city over the next year-and-a-half.
The yet-to-be-named facility on Paul Huff will open its doors by late spring or early summer.
JT Barnhart, CEO of Tennova-Cleveland, told the Cleveland Daily Banner the objective is to improve and increase the availability of primary care for area residents needing urgent care, but without a visit to the emergency room.
He said the 3,000-square-feet facility, which will be located at Paul Huff Corners, will offer primary care physicians and will be open extended hours, seven days a week.
The operating hours have not yet been decided.
“I think were are going to be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.,” he said. “We’re establishing that now, but it's going to be a 12-hour walk-in clinic, open seven days a week.”
The goal for the facility is to provide convenient and speedy care.
“We want to be able to allow people to get in and out and not have to come to an ER when they have an episode,” Barnhart said.
He said the hospital is scouting locations for two more primary care centers.
“There are a couple of other locations we're evaluating," Barnhart said.
The philosophy behind opening the three walk-in clinics is to offer medical facilities for those needing urgent care, but want to avoid the long waits that occur in busy emergency rooms.
“We don’t want patients to have to spend long hours in emergency rooms when they don’t need to be there,” he said.
The hospital is also readying for the medical needs of a city that is increasingly growing in population as its economy continues to boom.
The new facility will be staffed with approximately 15 to 20 medical personnel. In addition, the clinic will have six exam rooms, an X-ray lab, as well as other capabilities offered by urgent care clinics.
Barnhart said he is still working on plan designs with the architect and builder.
“We're just finalizing that now,” he said.
Barnhart said the first location for its walk-in primary care center will position the hospital to care for more Cleveland residents, by offering walk-in service, as well as convenient locations.
“I think it is gonna be fantastic,” Barnhart said.
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