Prisma Health in Greenville opened the first of several new urgent care centers planned for locations across the state.
Prisma Health Urgent Care Woodruff Road opened Nov. 13, offering extended hours and walk-in health care services. Patients also can book a time online, according to a news release from the state’s largest health care organization. The new urgent care center is at 1298 Woodruff Road.
The Woodruff Road location and another at 322 N. Main St. in Anderson are two of nine urgent care centers planned for the Upstate and Midlands in the coming months, according to a Prisma Health spokesperson. Locations are planned in about a month for Spartanburg and Taylors and five more are on pace to open early in 2024 — one more in the Upstate and four in the Midlands.
All current locations will be open for Thanksgiving and do have virtual visits and book-ahead options. Upstate locations also include Greer, Verdae, Five Forks and Powdersville. Prisma Health Urgent Care is also open at its location within Prisma Health Baptist Hospital Parkridge in the Midlands.
The newest center was placed in the busy Woodruff Road area on purpose, according to the news release.
“Prisma Health is dedicated to improving health care accessibility and meeting the evolving needs of the communities we serve,” Dr. Bryan McIver, chief medical officer for Prisma Health Medical Group – Midlands, said in the release. “Our goal is to deliver the highest quality health care closer to where patients live, work and gather. This expansion plan is an important step to provide easier access to high-quality and affordable healthcare services.”
Prisma Health has expanded hours of operation at its Urgent Care Centers across both the Upstate and Midlands, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.
Dr. Michael Duchynski, chief medical officer for Prisma Health Urgent Care, is enthusiastic about the expansion.
“Our primary goal is to reimagine urgent care for South Carolina by removing obstacles and easing access to care while delivering exceptional patient experiences,” Duchynski said in the release. “The expansion of Prisma Health Urgent Care is a significant step toward fulfilling this commitment. By increasing access to urgent care services, we aim to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals and families throughout the region, providing them with the prompt and effective care they deserve in retail locations within their communities.”
Urgent care practices treat common injuries and illnesses that need prompt care but may not require visiting the closest hospital emergency department. Convenient access to urgent care services will also help reduce wait times, ensuring patients receive timely treatment while alleviating strain on primary care providers with limited on-demand capacity, the release stated.
The organization did not reveal the total investment of the centers but said it will mean “hundreds” of new jobs.s