The AfterHours Care Center at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center opened its doors Monday, Oct. 1.
The facility is located in OSU's Martha Morehouse Pavilion, 2050 Kenny Road.
"It's a facility designed to take care of 'treat-and-release' patients who have non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses and need treatment after 5 p.m. and weekends when traditional doctors' offices are closed," said Dan Like, Ohio State's associate executive director for ambulatory services.
"Opening the after-hours center is part of our ambulatory outpatient strategy to improve access to care in the community," Like said. "There are a lot of urgent-care facilities, but none associated with Ohio State."
The Martha Morehouse Pavilion was selected as the site for the center because of its proximity to the Wexner Medical Center's main medical campus, he said.
Since the facility already is in use during the day for outpatient care, it was far more economical to open OSU's first urgent-care center there instead of finding or constructing a new building, Like said.
The new facility offers treatment for non-life-threatening cuts, burns, sprains and strains and cold and flu symptoms, and will provide stitches, splints and X-rays for patients age 18 and older, he said.
"If someone needs to be transferred to an emergency department, we will be close by our main medical facility," Like said.
Appointments are not needed for treatment at the new care center, which can bill patients' medical-insurance providers, he said.
"A lot of people show up at emergency departments with minor injuries or illnesses that can be more appropriately addressed at an urgent-care center," Like said. "You don't have the long lines like you do in emergency departments, where the treatment you receive can cost five to seven times more than at a facility like ours."
The AfterHours Care Center is open from 5 to 11 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
The facility is staffed with an emergency medical physician, two nurses and a radiology technician, Like said.
Patients do not have to be current OSU patients to receive treatment at the AfterHours Care Center, but if they are, their visit will be included in their electronic medical records reviewed by other OSU physicians, he said.