MedWest Health System will open an Urgent Care Center in August in a former retail space at Wal-Mart Plaza in Sylva.
The location of the MedWest Urgent Care Center Sylva will be at 176 Wal-Mart Plaza, in a building currently occupied by Rent-A-Center. That business is scheduled to relocate May 1 and renovations on the building are expected to begin immediately after that, said Jeff Lee, director of MedWest’s Urgent Care Centers.
“We are excited to provide this service to the residents of Jackson County and surrounding counties,” Lee said. “There is no other Urgent Care Center west of Waynesville and 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 patients who have an injury or illness that requires immediate care, but is not serious enough to warrant a visit to an emergency department.
“The MedWest Urgent Care Center Sylva will be located in a high-traffic area and is a central point between Western Carolina University in Cullowhee and Med- West-Harris hospital,” Lee said.
The 3,770-square-foot facility will offer space for eight examining rooms, as well as X-ray and full lab services. The center will create a need for 14 medical positions, including two physicians, two physician assistants, two medical assistants, two registered nurses, four radiology and lab technicians, and two office assistants.
Hours for the center will be 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with consideration of having the center open seven days a week, Lee said.
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 556 Hazelwood Hazelwood Avenue in West Waynesville.
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 HealthCare System (www.carolinashealthcare.org), one of the leading healthcare providers in the Southeast, with 33 hospitals in North and South Carolina.