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Beginning in mid-April, Alexa can schedule your doctor’s appointment. Providence Health Care partnered with Alexa Health and Wellness to offer patients the option of scheduling Express Care visits through the popular smart home device.
MultiCare Spokane has closed its North Urgent Care clinic April 15 in preparation for a new North Side urgent care opening later this fall.
MultiCare will expand its line of “high-end” urgent care clinics to Spokane this fall, opening an Indigo Urgent Care location in north Spokane.
Thanks to a deal closed this month, a space once relegated to shopping carts and grocery aisles will provide future urgent care to youngsters in need.
In Spokane, paramedics will soon have a third option. Wallace, who works for SNAP, is coordinating a pilot program where patients who call 911 with less serious medical issues can be given a ride to an urgent care center instead of the hospital.
Health care organizations are investing millions of dollars in emergency and urgent care centers across the Spokane region to treat the growing number of patients who have gained insurance and access to health care. CHAS Health will open two clinics this year to help meet a growing demand for health care from the newly insured.
DEAR DOCTOR K: What are urgent care centers? Are they the same as emergency rooms? DEAR READER: They definitely are not the same. Emergency rooms are for true emergencies – even though many people go to emergency rooms for quite minor problems. Typically, emergency rooms are attached to hospitals, because patients with true emergencies usually need to be hospitalized after their treatment in the emergency room.
The Community Health Association of Spokane is expanding services in Spokane Valley as it prepares for an influx of patients if the Affordable Care Act survives after the November elections. With a one-year, $100,000 grant from the Health Sciences and Services Authority of Spokane County, CHAS will open a new urgent care center somewhere near Valley Hospital early next year.