Urgent Care Center

Urgent Care Center

t
Joined: 11 Aug 2007, 04:04

19 May 2017, 11:54 #1

So years of trying to shut down Addison Gilbert and now we need an urgent care facility?
Forgive me if I don't quite get that one
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Joined: 21 Jun 2007, 03:54

19 May 2017, 12:28 #2

With more and more rescue squad runs heading to Beverly it makes sense to free up ER time at AGH. From what I understand an urgent care facility handles non life threatening ailments that can't wait for a doctor appointment.
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t
Joined: 11 Aug 2007, 04:04

19 May 2017, 12:37 #3

right, so rather than staff the ER with people and equipment they are going to create a facility that competes with AGH for insurance dollars

If one wanted to have a viable AGH, I would think competing with it would not be the first choice
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Joined: 07 Feb 2008, 22:54

19 May 2017, 13:04 #4

Smaller "Urgent Care" type facilities are popping up all over the place.

Walk-in service for non-severe health problems is in demand. Not a bad thing.
And the pricing at some of these places is very sane.

The requirements for maintaining a traditional "emergency room" can be pretty strict, and expensive.
From equipment, to staffing, to the ability to perform surgery 24-7.

"Urgent care" joints don't need to meet the lofty standards. They can be a real bargain sometimes....and usually without many hours of waiting.

Health care is going in some new directions.
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Joined: 01 Sep 2012, 12:06

19 May 2017, 14:04 #5

DM3194 wrote:
Health care is going in some new directions.
Aye, there's the rub - and if we are lucky, we should have universal health/not for-profit health care within a few short years.
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Joined: 25 Jun 2007, 22:00

19 May 2017, 14:11 #6

When I was bitten by a dog a couple of months ago it was a Sunday and the doctor's office was closed. It was not what I would call an emergency but I had to go to the emergency room at AGH because it was more than I could deal with safely at home. I felt pretty guilty about taking up emergency room staff with my dog bite, and certainly would have used such an urgent care facility if we had one.
Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?...   ..........
 George Orwell , 1984
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t
Joined: 11 Aug 2007, 04:04

19 May 2017, 17:44 #7

you people really cannot see one step ahead?

really?

Damon, stop pestering the dogs..............
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Joined: 07 Feb 2008, 22:54

19 May 2017, 18:03 #8

BI said: "we should have universal health/not for-profit health care within a few short years...."
I admire your optimism, and hope you are right!
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Joined: 01 Sep 2012, 12:06

19 May 2017, 18:05 #9

DM3194 wrote:
BI said: "we should have universal health/not for-profit health care within a few short years...."
I admire your optimism, and hope you are right!
It's partially why I hope President Chump stays in office for a while...the longer he's there, the worse things will progressively (pun intended) get for the GOP as a whole.
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Joined: 05 Oct 2005, 21:55

19 May 2017, 23:55 #10

Urgent Care Centers add income to Health Care Organizations while keeping less urgent cases out of their ERs. That's why Partners opened one at MGH Outpatient Center in Danvers. It was only a matter of time before Lahey wanted to get in on that business too.
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Joined: 20 Feb 2010, 02:12

19 May 2017, 23:59 #11

Sounds like a good idea to me.  t...can you further explain how this is a bad thing?  I've used the AGH ER for family members for emergencies but have driven to Peabody for non-emergency but necessary weekend care. For me this is good.  It doesn't sound like AGH thinks this is bad either from what I've read.
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Joined: 27 Apr 2011, 20:12

20 May 2017, 00:06 #12

I felt like a schmuck going to the ER for stitches. There were so many people there that were worse off. I totally would have gone to an Urgent Care if there was one in the area at that time. I even took the stitches out myself when the time came. It was painless.
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Joined: 07 Feb 2008, 22:54

20 May 2017, 00:09 #13

It sounds like t is a loyal supporter of Addison Gilbert Hospital....
and feels that an "Urgent Care" center could provide competition
to AGH, and hasten her demise? Maybe that's it.
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Joined: 20 Feb 2010, 02:12

20 May 2017, 00:14 #14

From what I've seen AGH supports this urgent care center.
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Joined: 13 Nov 2010, 17:37

20 May 2017, 00:39 #15

Karly wrote:
From what I've seen AGH supports this urgent care center.
I've heard the same, but I understand where the concern might come from. I think most of us suspect Lahey would just LOVE to eliminate AGH. 

But from the patient's perspective, an urgent care make a lot more sense, if for no other reason than for the lower copays. 
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Joined: 10 Jan 2008, 01:26

20 May 2017, 01:05 #16

will people using the urgent care still be using the rescue squad? There was an article in the paper awhile back with the outrageous prices charged by the rescue squad (city). I have no problem with the job that they do (a great job) I also know that they don't set the rates but can someone explain why it cost thousands to go a short distance in the squad and how and they justify the cost.

  I wish I could find the article it is like 1600-1800 just to show up and the city also charge something like $48 a mile 

A lot of people who use the service are already paying taxes for fire, police, schools and DPW.
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Joined: 20 Feb 2010, 02:12

20 May 2017, 01:10 #17

No...I'm sure rescue squad would go straight to the ER...which one depending on the situation.
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20 May 2017, 01:11 #18

I suspect the "rescue squad" wouldn't provide taxi service to the urgent care, but I don't know this.

That would a red flag for those who worry about how this would affect AGH -- if we have an "emergency" room at the urgent care, maybe the one at AGH would seem less necessary to the bean counters.
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20 May 2017, 01:19 #19

Fortune Cookie wrote:
I suspect the "rescue squad" wouldn't provide taxi service to the urgent care, but I don't know this.

That would a red flag for those who worry about how this would affect AGH -- if we have an "emergency" room at the urgent care, maybe the one at AGH would seem less necessary to the bean counters.
That wouldn't be the case since the urgent care unit will only operate during normal business hours per the GD Times.

[font='HELVETICA NEUE', HELVETICA, ARIAL, SANS-SERIF]"This will not affect the viability of the Addison Gilbert's emergency department," Donaldson emphasized. "That is a service that is very much needed by the community, and will continue to be provided.[/font]

[font='HELVETICA NEUE', HELVETICA, ARIAL, SANS-SERIF]"This will, however, help us provide those services more effectively and more efficiently," she said in a phone interview.  "It takes the pressure off our emergency department for those visits that do not require true emergency-level care. We are absolutely supportive of our emergency department, and the need for it to remain strong, but this will help us in doing so."[/font]



[font='HELVETICA NEUE', HELVETICA, ARIAL, SANS-SERIF]"Hours for the Gloucester center are expected to be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, and 8 to 4 on weekends, with the potential for expanding those times next year, especially in the summer"[/font]



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Joined: 07 Feb 2008, 22:54

20 May 2017, 01:56 #20

Karly wrote:
From what I've seen AGH supports this urgent care center.
You are certainly correct about that, Karly.

t started the thread by saying "years of trying to shut down Addison Gilbert"....
not sure who or what t is talking about. Market conditions?


...maybe that any healthcare that is offered other than at 298 Washington Street is
somehow drawing energy away from our original AGH address. Who knows.


We all love our hometown hospital, but I have talked to some people with very
odd conspiracy theories on the future of AGH.
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