McCall could soon have an urgent care clinic.
St. Lukes plans to open an urgent care center in the 4,883 square foot Allen-Nokes building in downtown McCall by October 2022.
Amber Green, McCall’s Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Nursing Officer said there were two major reasons why now is the time to open an urgent care center in McCall: affordable care, and physician wait times.
“Our physicians are very busy and often they’re two, three sometimes four weeks out in scheduling appointments,” Green said. “And so our community really reached out to us and said, ‘we need more access to care and we want more affordable care.’ So we looked at all the options that we had available to us and this is what rose to the top.”
Saving ER trips
The urgent care would split the facility with the orthopedics center that is currently housed in the building.
Green said the St. Lukes McCall hospital emergency room was seeing many cases that warranted an urgent care visit instead of an ER trip.
“We see about 6,000 patients per year in our emergency room and we’re anticipating about 45% of those patients could have been seen in an urgent care-type setting,” she said. “So those are patients that may have had a diagnosis that was less urgent and could have been utilized a different type of care.”
The urgent care would have a small procedure room for minor fixes such as stitches, care for minor illnesses and injuries, and it would share an x-ray machine with the orthopedic clinic.
“It will really just be filling that niche of like the same day walk-in clinic where people can walk in and be treated for any of their less urgent type situations,” Green said.
Green said St. Lukes’s is part of a hospital district in McCall and will receive funding through hospital district taxes.
“Our hospital district, they have approved $1.3 million this fiscal year, which is October of this year to October of next year,” she said. “And then we do also anticipate that our St. Luke’s foundation will also assist in funding. And I believe they’re hoping to raise close to an additional $700,000 for the urgent care.”
She added that St. Lukes’s expects the total cost to be around $2 million. But when parking lot work begins, the health center is anticipating the need for additional funding.
Hours of operation for the urgent care clinic have not been finalized yet.