Calumet Medical Center introduces walk-in clinic
08 / 21 / 2007
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
(920) 554-0686 (pager)
CHILTON, Wis. – In response to area residents, Calumet Medical Center has opened an after-hours walk-in clinic in its emergency department.
The clinic will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. to noon on weekends.
“This new initiative is a direct result of listening to our customers and being able to meet their needs,” said Travis Andersen, president of Calumet Medical Center.
“We have outstanding primary care in our region Monday through Friday, but for after-hours physician care, patients often travel to centers in larger cities that offer immediate care,” Andersen said. “We have invested significant resources into ensuring we have a state-of-the-art emergency department and that has gone really well, but there is clearly a need to offer after-hours care for immediate but not life-threatening needs.”
People needing to use the walk-in clinic will register in Calumet Medical Center’s emergency department, where the patient will be triaged by a registered nurse to determine if they need emergency care, or can be seen by a physician in the walk-in clinic.
“There is very little opportunity to access affordable ‘off-hour’ physician services in our area,” said Dr. David Gummin, Calumet Medical Center emergency room physician. “The community requested after-hours care, and I’m proud that our staff and our doctors are willing to support it. The new clinic reflects our commitment to create value for our Calumet Medical Center patients.”
“This clinic is another effort of Calumet Medical Center to provide health care as close to our patients as possible,” Andersen said.
For the Editor:
Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.