DIXON – KSB Hospital is partnering with Physicians Immediate Care to open a walk-in clinic on the south side of town.
The clinic, 1672 S. Galena Ave., is expected to open July 28. It will have an X-ray machine, lab testing and seven exam rooms, including a pediatric room and a trauma room.
The walk-in clinic isn’t Dixon’s first. The Now Care clinic, 841 N. Galena Ave., opened in 2007. In 2010, CGH Medical Center opened a walk-in clinic in downtown Sterling.
Physicians Immediate Care will handle the new clinic’s day-to-day operations, while KSB will offer clinical support, refer patients, and help transfer necessary patient forms and charts between a patient’s general physician in the KSB network and the clinic, said Tom Demmer, the hospital’s director of marketing.
“I think if you look across the country right now, there’s a real movement to be more patient-centered,” he said. “People are trying to make things as easy as possible to make sure they can see the right people at the right time.”
KSB also will open a physical therapy facility in the same building this month, Demmer said, adding that it will be a hospital-run facility with appointments required.
The walk-in clinic will be equipped to handle urgent medical needs when a patient can’t wait to see a general physician and doesn’t need to visit an emergency room, said Moha Mehta, a spokeswoman for Physicians Immediate Care.
“When it’s urgent but not an emergency,” she said.
It will be the first partnership with a hospital for Physicians Immediate Care, Mehta said, adding that the partnership will pair a well-known hospital in the area with a company experienced in setting up and running walk-in clinics.
Physicians Immediate Care has 24 other walk-in clinics in Illinois, in addition to clinics in Indiana and Nebraska.
The Dixon clinic’s trauma room will be able to perform minor procedures such as cleaning and stitching wounds and setting and putting splints on some broken bones, Mehta said.
The clinic won’t compete with KSB’s emergency room for medical emergencies like heart attacks, she said, but can assess patients and call for an ambulance to transfer them to the hospital if necessary.
The new Dixon clinic will be staffed with between three and six people, including a physician, a physician’s assistant and a radiologist, Mehta said, adding that Physicians Immediate Care will staff the clinic and is currently recruiting a physician for Dixon.
The clinic, 1672 S. Galena Ave., will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Go to www.physiciansimmediatecare.com for more information about Physicians Immediate Care.
The clinic's phone number, effective July 28, will be 815-564-2663.
Patients can make an appointment at the clinic by clicking on "ZipPASS check-in" on the Physicians Immediate Care website. They'll be able to select the time they want to see a physician.