July 19, 2007
New Urgent-Care Clinic to Open
By Kirsten Valle, The Charlotte Observer, N.C.
Jul. 19--STEELE CREEK -- Another medical center is coming to southwestern Mecklenburg.Lake Wylie Express Care, an urgent-care facility, opens Sunday in the Steele Creek Business Center, near N.C. 49 and Carowinds Boulevard.
The office, a satellite of CaroMont Family Medicine-Lake Wylie, will serve adults and children with urgent, but not life-threatening, medical problems, including colds, minor infections, insect bites and other minor illnesses or injuries.
It also will perform physicals required for sports, school and jobs and perform lab work on site.
"That's just a big, bustling area, and there's not too much health care there," said Lisa Boggs, director of business development for CaroMont Health, of the decision to put the facility in Steele Creek. "As much as that place is growing, it's amazing."
Lake Wylie Express Care will have about eight staffers, including two physicians assistants, who work under the direction of licensed doctors.
CaroMont Family Medicine staffers Dr. Brian Brown and Dr. Mark Bechtel will supervise the physicians assistants, Boggs said.
The new facility joins a growing number of medical centers in southwestern Mecklenburg.
Carolinas HealthCare System is building a 40,000-square-foot medical office facility near N.C. 49 and N.C. 160, and other developers have proposed similar centers nearby.
Carolinas HealthCare has also asked the state for a certificate of need to build a free-standing emergency department in the area. And it operates an urgent-care center near N.C. 49 and Westinghouse Boulevard.
Lake Wylie Express Care accepts most forms of insurance and is open after normal business hours. Boggs expects the facility to get the most patients in the evenings, she said.
"It's going to be pretty busy," she said.
Lake Wylie Express Care, 11010 S. Tryon St., Suite 108, opens at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Regular hours: 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Appointments or walk-in patients are welcome. Details: www.lakewylieexpresscare.com.
Reach Kirsten Valle at 704-358-6043.
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