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 SSM Health Care – St. Louis opens first urgent care clinic in St. Charles 

1/26/2012 
 

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ST. LOUIS – SSM Health Care – St. Louis has opened its first urgent care center, improving accessibility to medical care and providing convenience for St. Charles County residents. SSM Urgent Care at St. Joseph Medical Park is located at 1475 Kisker Road, St. Charles, Mo. 63304. It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, including holidays.

SSM Urgent Care is designed for patients with minor medical needs who can’t wait to be seen by their primary care doctor and whose condition does not warrant an emergency department visit. Urgent care visits are generally faster and less expensive than an emergency room (ER) visit. The center also provides preventative services, routine exams and immunizations. Patients may visit ssmhealth.com/urgent for a list of non-life threatening conditions that are appropriate for seeking treatment at SSM Urgent Care, and conditions that instead require a trip to the ER.

The new center operates under the medical direction of a board-certified physician and is staffed by experienced nurse practitioners. To ensure the best possible care for patients, SSM Urgent Care works closely with primary care physicians and specialists to ensure continuity of care, and offers access to SSM’s electronic health record capabilities.

“Urgent medical issues often arise after hours or on weekends when patients can’t get in to see their doctor, so many times they end up in an emergency room,” said Samantha Sattler, MD, medical director of SSM Urgent Care and a physician with SSM Medical Group. “The average ER visit lasts more than three hours. SSM Urgent Care visits generally take less than an hour and can cost considerably less than an ER visit.”

SSM Urgent Care is operated as a service of SSM St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles. To learn more, please go to www.ssmhealth.com/urgent.

About SSM Health Care – St. Louis
SSM Health Care – St. Louis’ mission statement — “Through our exceptional health care services, we reveal the healing presence of God” — is embodied by 11,000 employees and 2,500 staff physicians. Sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary, the health care network offers comprehensive health care services, but specializes in heart, cancer, neurosciences, pediatrics, weight-loss, sleep, imaging, behavioral health, rehab and fetal surgery. A winner of the Missouri Quality Award and multiple Best Places to Work awards, SSM Health Care – St. Louis includes seven hospitals ― Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, DePaul Health Center, St. Clare Health Center, St. Joseph Health Center, St. Joseph Health Center – Wentzville, St. Joseph Hospital West and St. Mary’s Health Center  ― a free-standing ambulatory care center (St. Joseph Medical Park), plus a Managed Care Organization (MCO), and a Physicians' Organization (PO). Go to www.ssmhealth.com for more information. 

For media inquires only, contact:
Kristen Johnson
Media Relations Specialist
SSM Health Care – St. Louis
kristen_johnson@ssmhc.com