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New Urgent-Care Center Opening in Lee’s Summit

June 17, 2008

By Julius A. Karash, The Kansas City Star, Mo.

Jun. 17–A $2.1 million urgent-care center is being built at the I-470 Business and Technology Center in Lee’s Summit.

Emergent Care Plus will be the first venture of an emergency practice formed last year by physicians Anne Morgan, Chad Surrat, Kyla Kutch and Theron Barr. The 7,000-square-foot stand-alone facility is expected to open in October.

Urgent-care physicians typically treat minor illnesses and injuries of a nonemergency nature, such as sprains, minor fractures and upper-respiratory infections.

Morgan said Emergent Care Plus also would treat complex lacerations, administer intravenous medications, and provide radiology and laboratory services. It initially will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

“We will function almost to the level of an emergency room,” Morgan said. “However, the co-pay will be at an urgent-care level.”

Patients will not have to make appointments but will be able to go online to alert staff members that they are on the way. Patients also will be able to fill out personal and insurance information electronically before arriving.

The new center initially will be staffed by nine physicians, with most of the care being provided by the four physician partners, Morgan said.

She said the center would not attempt to compete with primary-care doctors but rather would serve as an adjunct to primary-care physician offices when immediate treatment was not available.

“We will be able to communicate electronically with the primary-care physician to outline the treatment we provided,” Morgan said.

The urgent-care center will be the first medical building in the I-470 Business and Technology Center’s business section, near Strother Road and Interstate 470, said Kenneth Wasserman, senior vice president of CEAH Realtors, who brokered the land sale to the four doctors.

“We expect to get several other medical service facilities in the business park,” he said.

To reach Julius A. Karash, call 816-234-4918 or send e-mail to jkarash@kcstar.com.

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