Tuesday, July 2, 2013/lk
After Aug. 1 Lower Valley residents suffering a touch of heat stroke or a minor athletic injury won't have to make the Sunnyside Community Hospital emergency room their first stop. A new regional Urgent Care and Family Practice Clinic is scheduled to be opened at 2707 E. Lincoln Ave. in Sunnyside, offering immediate care for injury or illness that doesn't require immediate emergency room care, according to hospital officials. "We are very excited about opening our new urgent care center, the first of its kind between Yakima and the Tri-Cities," said Sunnyside Community Hospital Chief Executive Officer John Gallagher. "It will help us continue to meet the health care needs of the region, providing hometown service and world class care," he said. Patients will be given the option of making appointments in order to be seen. Walk-in patients will be accepted and hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. The clinic will be staffed by physicians and physician assistants and nurse practitioners. When patients' needs go beyond the capacity of the urgent care center, they will be referred to the Sunnyside Community Hospital emergency room for future evacuation or treatment. In the near future, two other clinics will join the urgent care clinic at the Lincoln Avenue location, Gallagher said. Valley Regional Orthopedics, staffed by Dr. Valentin Antoci, will open later this summer and Valley Regional Nephrology, staffed by Dr. Rodrigo Alfaro, will open later this year.