Archive for Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Urgent care clinic to open

August 26, 2008

Should anyone in Shawnee come up with a sinus infection or allergy attack at their Labor Day picnic, there's now another nearby option for fast medical care.

Medical Express Urgent Care Clinic plans to open its doors Monday in the Hales Building at 11338 Shawnee Mission Parkway. The clinic was formed by a group of doctors who practice at Providence Hospital and Shawnee Mission Medical Center. It will cater to those looking for fast medical care without an appointment.

The clinic is the creation of Drs. Carlos and Maria Palmeri, Halla Moussa and Michel Tamer. Carlos Palmeri said they were among the doctors who knew that people with minor medical problems shouldn't have to wait for hours in an emergency room or for days for an appointment with a doctor.

The doctors saw how urgent care clinics have sprung up independently or within drug stores and even big-box stores, Palmeri said, but they wanted to provide quality health care backed up by the expertise of experienced doctors.

"We physicians at Medical Express believe that health care should continue to be offered by physicians working specifically for the well-being of the community," he said.

Palmeri said the clinic's founders decided to locate their clinic in Shawnee because most of their current patients are from this area.

"We said 'Let's start where we know the patients,'" he said.

The office will include full-time staff members Cindy Mitchell, a physician assistant; David Pfieffer, a nurse practitioner; Adleen Miller, a licensed practical nurse; and Elisa Lopez, a medical receptionist trained in urgent care. Both Miller and Lopez speak Spanish.

The clinic can treat respiratory illnesses like bronchitis, ear infections, skin conditions and minor injuries like sprains, abrasions and minor burns. It also will provide physicals and some vaccinations.

Laboratory tests available at the clinic include glucose and hemoglobin checks, strep throat screens, pregnancy tests, mononucleosis tests and urine deep analysis.

The clinic will accept insurance, but having insurance is not necessary to come to the clinic. Patients must show some form of legal identification.

The clinic will be open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. It can be reached at 248-8000, or more information can be found at medicalexpressks.com.

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