Partnership brings urgent care to Clyde

CLYDE – A new urgent care clinic is under construction on McPherson Highway in Clyde. It is a joint venture between Firelands Regional Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital. Martin Tursky, Firelands president and CEO, and Michael Winthrop, Bellevue Hospital president and CEO, conducted a press conference at the clinic site.

“Urgent care has become a growing service line within the health care industry due to consumer demand for more convenient and timely access to care for illnesses and injuries at a much lower cost than going to an emergency room,” Tursky said. “The convenience, off-hour access, efficiency and lower cost also align with the direction of health care under the Affordable Care Act.”

The clinic’s location is convenient for residents of Clyde, Fremont, Bellevue and surrounding communities. Tursky said Clyde has put out the welcome mat to the two hospitals that will support the urgent care facility, designed and built by Janotta & Herner. Construction began July 8, and the 3,620 square-foot clinic is on track to open in January 2014.

“In today’s ever-changing health care landscape, it’s comforting to know the services offered at this facility are backed by two outstanding, local health care organizations,” Tursky said.

In addition to five exam rooms and one procedure room, the $1.3 million clinic is to offer x-ray and lab services. Tursky credited Winthrop with suggesting the location for the clinic, which is to offer primary care at times when doctors’ offices may not be open. Coming to the podium, Winthrop said Firelands had assisted Bellevue in building its new hospital, which opened in 2005.

“Both hospitals, and hospitals in general, listen to the communities we serve, and those voices often come back to us through our board members … these individuals give us an awesome job giving us feedback on how we can continue to serve our communities,” Winthrop said. “We’re local people taking care of local folks … Regardless of what’s going on in D.C., health care is still very much a local venture.”

Anthony Tesmond is to be the center’s medical director. Martin said Tesmond drew on his 27 years of urgent care experience to help design a “patient-friendly, efficient” clinic. Tesmond, who also is the medical director for the Firelands Physician Group urgent cares in Sandusky and Vermilion, said he is pleased to be involved in the joint venture to offer urgent care services in the Clyde area.

“We’ll see a wide variety of illnesses and injuries, anything from runny noses to broken bones,” Tesmond said. “We send to emergency rooms people with chest pains, stroke symptoms – obviously very critically ill people will be sent out.”

Urgent care facilities provide diagnoses and initial care to adults and children, who then follow up with their regular physicians. No appointments are needed and most major insurances are accepted with urgent care co-pay.

Tursky said the clinic is to employ 8-10 people including a receptionist, LPNs, medical assistants, a physician, physician’s assistant and nurse practitioner. The urgent care is to be open 11 a.m-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Tursky said making the clinic a 24-hour facility could be considered in the future.

Firelands Physician Group is to do the hiring, Tesmond added, but employees from either hospital could be called in for shifts at Clyde’s urgent care. Tursky said collaborating, rather than competing, with Bellevue Hospital should help to avoid duplication of services and keep down costs.

The Clyde urgent care facility is located at 1740 W. McPherson Highway (Rt. 20), across from Clyde-Findlay Area Credit Union. For more information, call Firelands at (419) 557-7883 or Bellevue Hospital at (419) 483-4040, ext. 4899.