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Urgent care clinic to open in Clyde

Tom Jackson • Oct 14, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Urgent Care in Clyde will provide patients in Clyde, Bellevue, Fremont and other communities a low-cost alternative to the emergency room on weeknights and weekends, hospital officials said.

The new urgent care center, set to open in January 2014, is a joint venture of Firelands Regional Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital. Firelands is the majority owner, and the Firelands Physician Group will hire the medical staff, said Martin Tursky, president of Firelands Regional Medical Center.

Construction of the 3,600-square-foot building, at 1740 W. McPherson Highway, began in July.

Janotta & Herner designed the building and is overseeing the $1.3 million construction project.

When the urgent care center opens, hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with longer hours possible if traffic makes it necessary, said Michael Winthrop, president of Bellevue Hospital.

The building will include X-ray and laboratory services, ensuring it can meet the needs of most patients with injuries and illnesses. Patients with chest pains, stroke symptoms or other signs of critical illness will be sent to the emergency room, said Dr. Anthony Tesmond, medical director for Firelands’ urgent care centers in Sandusky and Vermilion.

Clyde will become the third center in the growing network.

Tursky said that after deciding to open the center in Clyde, Firelands decided to approach Bellevue Hospital and propose it as a joint venture. Firelands owns a 20 percent equity stake in Bellevue Hospital. “We’ve been longstanding partners,” Tursky said. “It makes sense to work together. We don’t want to duplicate efforts.”

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