St. Francis Hospital to open urgent care center on Williams Road

Hospital joins Columbus Regional Healthcare and American Family Care in push for new facilities

tadams@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 18, 2013 

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The urgent care offerings for Columbus residents is growing with St. Francis Hospital planning a center on Williams Road by next summer.

That will follow a facility that Columbus Regional Healthcare opened recently on Blackmon Road and another being built by American Family Care that should make it’s debut in early 2014 on Gateway Road.

“We want to have a presence on the north side of town,” said St. Francis President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Granger. “St. Francis has owned land up there for years immediately adjacent to where the Williams Road facility is that we’ll be taking over from Columbus Cardiology.”

Granger said his hospital is in the process of purchasing the Columbus Cardiology Associates property at 2525 Williams Road. At the same time, the cardiologists there are relocating to the new Heart Hospital that opened in May at St. Francis’ expanded campus on Manchester Expressway. That should occur in the next 60 to 90 days, he said.

“We certainly are excited about the potential of an urgent care center up there sometime next summer,” said Granger, pointing out all elements of the move have yet to be finalized.

“It will be an opportunity for physicians to have an office there,” he said. “There will be regular primary physicians who have offices there. There will be walk-in urgent care. And there will probably be opportunities for some imaging so that you don’t have to drive all the way into the main campus if you don’t want to, and lab draws and things like that. So it will just be a mini-northside St. Francis.”

Columbus Regional spokeswoman Anne Holmes said the system opened its urgent care center at 7301 Blackmon Road in late October. It will handle a variety of non-emergency injuries and ailments, ranging from cuts, broken bones and minor head injuries to colds, asthma attacks and kidney stones.

Work-related illnesses and injuries also will be treated there, along with routine employment tasks such as drug screening, she said. The facility also offers on-site radiology and lab services.

“The mid-level providers at the Blackmon Road facility include nurse practitioners and physician assistants, she said. “At this facility, a physician will always be available to treat patients or collaborate with mid-level providers.”

Columbus Regional is calling the Blackmon Road center, along with its existing downtown and south Columbus facilities “MyCare Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine.” The downtown location is in Doctors Specialty Hospital, 616 19th St., while the other is at 1627 South Lumpkin Road.

The third urgent care facility now in the works is American Family Care, which broke ground in mid-September on its facility at 6509 Gateway Road, fronting the Walmart Supercenter.

Like the Doctors Specialty Hospital and Blackmon Road locations, it will be open seven days a week, with Columbus Regional’s South Lumpkin Road locations open Monday through Friday. No appointments are required at any of them.

American Family Care is a chain of medical facilities founded in Hoover, Ala., in 1982. It is the second-largest privately owned urgent care company in the U.S., with the company saying it should have 140 American Family Care and Doctors Express locations in 26 states by the end of this year.

The company said its facilities offer “a high-tech, high-touch approach to medical care, with digital X-rays, laboratories and medication dispensing available on-site.”

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