For Grover Hershberger, the goal is to have several urgent care facilities around Wichita to act as a bridge between the family doctor and the emergency room.
He’s closer to that goal since he has opened a second location for Immediate Medical Care at 5838 E. Central in Carriage Parkway.
“On the East and West coasts, urgent cares are like McDonald’s. They’re on every corner,” said Hershberger, who was an emergency room physician for more than 20 years, working at Wesley Medical Center and in Great Bend and Hutchinson.
He opened the first Immediate Medical Care at 4722 W. Kellogg in 2008. That location had 22,000 patient visits in 2013.
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The number of urgent care facilities nationally continues to grow, increasing from 8,000 in 2008 to more than 9,300 now, according to the Academy of Urgent Care Medicine, a specialty society for health care providers.
Hershberger says that many of the things people go to the emergency room for can be taken care of at IMC – and for less money.
Charges at IMC typically run from $89 to $349. More expensive charges would be for such things as an extended visit, X-rays and lab work, Hershberger said.
IMC is already planning a third location to open sometime in the summer of 2015, when Hershberger’s son, Damen, will finish his residency at the University of Oklahoma and join the practice.
Ultimately, Hershberger wants to have four or five locations throughout Wichita in the next few years, he said.
The next facility will be on the northeast side near Greenwich and K-96, Hershberger said.
“That’s going to be a high traffic area, and 96 is the main artery across town east and west,” Hershberger said.
After that, he’s thinking about building south between Wichita and Derby on Rock Road.
The new locations will require an increase in staff, he said.
Over the past couple of years, IMC has also grown its employer client base, with about 400 companies that work with IMC to provide treatment under workers’ compensation and on-the-job personal injury programs and drug screenings.
Some of the clients include Sam’s, Wal-Mart, FedEx and Cornejo Construction, Hershberger said.
The new IMC location has about 6,700 square feet and 12 exam rooms, as well as X-ray and laboratory services.
Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
“We try to get everyone in and out in less than an hour,” Hershberger said.
For more information, vgo to http://imcwichita.com.