Spectrum Health to open walk-in clinic at Big Rapids Hospital April 2

Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital Walk-In Clinic will open April 2 offering immediate care without an appointment. (Pioneer file photo)

BIG RAPIDS – No doctor? No appointment? No problem: Spectrum Health is opening a new walk-in clinic in Big Rapids.

Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital Walk-In Clinic will open April 2, offering immediate care without an appointment for those who feel ill or have minor injuries–but don’t require emergency care.

The walk-in clinic will be located in the Medical Arts Building, 650 Linden Street, adjacent to Big Rapids Hospital. It will be located in the same office suite as Big Rapids Family Medicine.

The clinic will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Plans call for adding Saturday hours at a later date.

“We are extremely pleased to expand our walk-in clinic service to Big Rapids,” said Mary Kay VanDriel, president of Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals. “Our Reed City walk-in clinic is busy and has been well received by the community. We believe it will be equally successful in Big Rapids.

“Our constant goal is to identify and meet our community’s health needs, and expanding access to medical care is at the top of that list,” VanDriel said. “Creating walk-in clinics is one of our primary initiatives to address convenient access to care for patients in our community.”

The new walk-in clinic will be open to all–existing patients, new patients and visiting patients, regardless of insurance status and primary care provider. The clinic will provide follow-up with each patient’s primary care physician (PCP), or offer those without a PCP the opportunity to begin primary care services with Spectrum Health.

“The walk-in clinic provides our community an affordable way to receive immediate care when patients aren’t able to see their primary care doctor,” VanDriel added. “This reduces wait times, and helps patients avoid higher co-pays that come with an emergency room visit. This new access option for less serious ailments has the additional benefit of giving our emergency staff more time to focus on patients needing emergency care.”

The walk-in clinic will improve access in three significant ways:

• Adding more experienced medical providers to the hospital’s medical staff.

• Providing an office where people can get immediate medical care without an appointment for “low acuity” (less serious) health needs, but with laboratory and medical imaging services located within the same hospital campus if needed.

• Seeing all patients, regardless of their primary care provider or insurance status, including visitors and tourists.

The Big Rapids Hospital Walk-In Clinic will be staffed by nurse practitioners Mary K. Snell, NP and Nicole R. Towns, FNP.

“We are fortunate to have two very skilled advanced practice providers to care for patients at the new walk-in clinic,” said Thomas Wright, DO, Division Chief, Regions, Spectrum Health Medical Group. “They will see patients for needs such as rashes, coughs, congestion, flu-like symptoms, sore throats, and minor infections or injuries. If the need is more severe, our emergency department is right across the street and patients can be easily and quickly transferred.”

More information about the Big Rapids Hospital Walk-In Clinic is available online at spectrumhealth.org/walkinclinic. The clinic phone number is 231.796.3200.

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