Lee County Community Hospital Urgent care center opens Wednesday


TO RECEIVE URGENT CARE… BEGINNING TOMORROW — BALLAD HEALTH WILL OPEN THE DOOR ON A NEW LEE COUNTY URGENT CARE CLINIC. AND I WAS ABLE TO GET AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE FACILITY. . FOR THE LAST DECADE — RURAL HOSPITALS NATIONWIDE HAVE BEEN CLOSING ITS DOORS. …BUT FOR LEE COUNTY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL, THAT’S NOT THE CASE. MONTY MCLAURIN “IT’S BUCKING THE TREND FOR SURE.” BALLAD HEALTH VICE PRESIDENT, MONTY MCLAURIN SAYS FOR A COMMUNITY THAT’S BEEN WITHOUT MEDICAL SERVICES FOR YEARS -THIS 12-HUNDRED SQUARE FOOT URGENT CARE CENTER IS A GOOD START. MONTY MCLAURIN “OUR GOAL WAS TO AT LEAST BEGIN TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY, PRIOR TO OPENING THE HOSPITAL.” 07 ((BUTTED)) “FOLKS CAN GET A LOT OF THAT HERE THAN HAVING TO DRIVE OUTSIDE OF THE AREA. ((WIPE)) MONTY MCLAURIN “WE’LL HAVE RADIOLOGY SERVICES, WE’LL HAVE PHARMACY, PHYSICAL THERAPY, WORKING WITH PARTNERS HERE IN THE AREA.” 08 BALLAD HEALTH HOPES THIS HELPS PEOPLE WHO’VE BEEN TRAVELING FOR MILES TO GET CARE. NATASHA KYKER “THEY EITHER GO INTO KINGSPORT, UP INTO NORTON, MOUNTAIN VIEW, LONESOME PINE OR THEIR PRIMARY CARE DOCTORS WITHIN THE AREA.” ((BUTTED)) “WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO RELATE TO THE COMMUNITY AND BE ABLE TO LET THEM KNOW THAT WE’RE HERE BALLAD HEALTH REGIONAL MANAGER, NATASHA KYKER SAYS THE URGENT CARE WILL FILL THE GAP UNTIL THE LEE COUNTY HOSPITAL REOPENS NEXT FALL. NATASHA KYKER “WE’LL BE HERE UNTIL THE HOSPITAL OPENS ITS DOORS NEXT FALL. WE’LL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE ACUTE CARE FOR MINOR ILLNESSES AND INJURIES.” 07 ONCE THE LEE COUNTY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL OPENS NEXT YEAR, BALLAD SAYS STAFF AND EQUIPMENT AT THE URGENT CARE CENTER WILL BE RELOCATED TO THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT WITHIN THE NEW HOSPITAL. A TRI-CITIES MAN NOW FACES

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