Atmore urgent care center opens today

Published 9:39 am Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The MedPlus Facility, above, will be home to a new urgent care center opening today to serve Atmore.|Photo by Chandler Myers

Atmore residents now have an opportunity to get medical attention in less time than critical care in the hospital emergency room.

Atmore Community Hospital will be opening a new urgent care center today at 3 p.m. to offer prompt, high-quality medical care without an appointment in a modern healthcare facility.

ACH Administrator Bill Perkins said the community will now have access to faster medical care without the long wait of a visit to the hospital emergency room.

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“We are pleased to offer urgent care to our community,” Perkins said. “This needed service provides a faster option than the emergency room for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries that occur during evening or weekend hours when primary care physician offices are often closed.”

Perkins said the facility will cut waiting time for the patient and could see a cost savings as well.

“Patient co-pays are often much less at an urgent care center than an ER visit,” Perkins said. “The emergency department at ACH has a high volume of patients and wait times can be longer for those with non-life-threatening needs. The Center will provide more time for staff to care for patients in a comfortable setting.”

The MedPlus facility will house the urgent care center and is located conveniently across the street from ACH on Medical Park Drive.

The facility hours will be Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 3 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Services offered at the Center will include school examinations, sports physicals, routine immunizations, laboratory tests, prescriptions, imaging, specialist referral and occupational medicine. Patients one year old and older will be attended by staff at the Center.

In addition to Urgent Care, ACH MedPlus soon will offer more access to physician specialist services and treatment for sleep disorders with a state-of-the-art, four-bed Sleep Disorders Center.

For information about Urgent Care at ACH MedPlus, call 251-368-6245 or visit their Web site at