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Wednesday, October 21, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Medical providers opening facilities as more are insured

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.

Ask Doctor K: Urgent care centers not same as ER

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.

Clinics ease stress on hospital ERs

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.