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Features Health & Wellness MedWest Urgent Care Center opening Aug. 1

MedWest Health System is nearing completion on the new Urgent Care Center in the Wal- Mart Plaza in Sylva. Renovations to the space are almost complete and the opening day is set for Aug. 1.

“We are excited to provide this service to the residents of Jackson County and surrounding counties,” said Jeff Lee, director of MedWest’s Urgent Care Centers. “There is no other Urgent Care Center in Jackson County. This center will offer walk-in examinations for non-emergency illnesses or injuries.”

The waiting time and cost is less than that of an emergency department visit, Lee said. Urgent care centers are primarily used to treat an injury or illness that requires immediate care and can not wait for a regular medical appointment, but is not serious enough to warrant a visit to an emergency department.

The Urgent Care Center commonly treats conditions like cuts, sore throats, ear aches and stomach ailments. Urgent Care Center staff will also assist in selecting a primary care physician.

The 3,770-square-foot facility will offer space for eight examining rooms, as well as Xray and full lab services. The center will create a need for 14 medical positions, including two physicians, two physician assistants/nurse practitioners, two medical assistants, two registered nurses, four radiology and lab technicians, and two office assistants.

Hours for the center will be from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The new Urgent Care Center is one of three in the MedWest Health System. There are currently two Urgent Care Centers operated by MedWest — one located behind MedWest-Haywood hospital and one at 556 Hazelwood Avenue in West Waynesville. The urgent care center located at Med- West-Haywood is moving to a new location, now under construction, off Exit 31 in Canton. It is expected to be completed by December.

MedWest-Harris, MedWest-Haywood and MedWest-Swain have joined together to provide healthcare for the people of Western North Carolina. MedWest is affiliated with Carolinas Health- Care System (www.carolinashealthcare.org), one of the leading healthcare providers in the Southeast, with 33 hospitals in North and South Carolina.


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