MyMichigan Urgent Care Alpena Opening January 2022
Remodeling has begun at MyMichigan Health’s 393 Long Rapids Road clinic to make way for the new MyMichigan Urgent Care Alpena set to open January 2022.
“As we announced several months ago, MyMichigan Health recognized the need for an urgent care in our community as a much needed and necessary service,” said Chuck Sherwin, F.A.C.H.A.E., president, MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena. “We are happy to begin the renovations and look forward to offering this new service to our community.”
Urgent care facilities see patients with urgent needs and non-emergent needs. Patients go to an urgent care with cold, sore throats, strains, sprains, minor burns or minor fractures, but would still go to an emergency room with emergent needs such as chest pains, stroke symptoms or if they were in a car accident.
MyMichigan’s Urgent Care in Alpena will be equipped with procedure rooms, a lab and an X-ray machine to treat those urgent needs. Providers Jeffery Kwiatkowski, P.A.-C., and Maureen Mitchell, F.N.P.-B.C., will join registered nurses, radiology technicians and medical assistants will provide care for the patients.
In addition to offering extended hours of care on weekdays and weekends, Sherwin said MyMichigan’s Urgent Care in Alpena would reduce the number of non-critical patients seen in the emergency room, helping shorten patient wait times. Patients will have the ability to walk in or book an appointment online. In addition, Urgent Care wait times will be posted and regularly updated on the MyMichigan Health website at www.mymichigan.org/urgent.
“Urgent care really puts patients in the right place to address their medical needs, and there’s less cost to the patient,” he said. “Also, by using MyMichigan’s Urgent Care, the patient’s electronic medical record is available for the providers treating them. Following the visit, the patient and their primary care provider will have access to the information about the urgent care visit.”
MyMichigan Urgent Care Alpena will also provide occupational health services. Staff will work with local businesses or organizations for employment physicals, Michigan Department of Transportation drug and alcohol testing, immediate injury treatment as well as facilitate a return to work program.
Those who would like additional information about MyMichigan’s Urgent Cares may visit www.mymichigan.org/urgent.