Magruder Hospital will be opening its new urgent care, occupational health and pharmacy services to the public on Thursday, May 5th, 2016.
“Needless to say we are excited to be opening these services on our main campus for the convenience of patients and the area community we serve,” said Todd Almendinger, President & CEO of Magruder.
The hospital began renovating an old medical building next to the ER in October of last year to house the new services.
“The old building was set to be torn down. When it was decided to go ahead with service expansion, we instead chose to renovate and repurpose the building,” said Almendinger.
Eight months later the building is now comprised of the pharmacy, two suites with space available for additional physicians to practice, urgent care and occupational health.
“Urgent care and occupational health are in the same area because there are services that overlap for the staff. We added a glass walkway to connect the urgent care to our ER without having to go outside. If a higher level of care is needed for an urgent care visit, patients just have to be transported to our ER instead of traveling to another location for care,” said Almendinger.
While Magruder has always had a pharmacy to serve inpatients, the new pharmacy will be open to the public. The pharmacy will offer both the convenience of a storefront and a drive-thru to pick up prescriptions.
“When we decided to open the new pharmacy, patient convenience was at the forefront of every decision we made as a team,” said Kristy Malacos, Magruder’s Pharmacy Administrator. “Patients can refill or transfer prescriptions by calling in, downloading our Rx2Go app, or on our website, magruderhospital.com, and clicking on the Refill Rx tab. Delivery services are available as needed and our pharmacists provide medication therapy management services to ensure prescriptions are being managed appropriately for patients.”
The hospital decided to open its occupational health service to primarily serve area businesses with employee health needs.
“We know that local businesses have had to send employees out of the area for certain services such as return to work and fit for duty exams, as an example. While we have been able to help businesses with some aspects of employee health needs through our laboratory, opening up the occupational health service gives Magruder the ability to offer a more complete package to employers, especially when it comes to managing worker’s compensation cases,” said Lori Koethe, Magruder’s Vice President of Nursing.
Urgent Care and Occupational Health will be open 7 days a week from 9:30 am until 8:30 pm, and The Pharmacy will also be open Monday through Friday from 9 am until 8 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am until 7 pm.