Phoebe Putney knew it had to do something to keep it's Emergency Room available for patients who came there for true emergencies. So they opened a new clinic across from the main hospital.
The new Phoebe Community Care Center opened its doors about two months ago.
It operates from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.
They can treat minor injuries, like sprained ankles, coughs, colds, and low fevers.
"You know people are in need of care and sometimes they don't have a primary care physician or sometimes you can't predict emergencies, but regardless there is a lot of people there that need our help," said Victor Garcia, VP of Emergency Services.
We hope the public will understand when a real emergency room visit is needed and when it's not.
People who have a stomach ache, or just don't feel good should use this clinic, and not clog up the ER with minor ailments.
That facility is needed by people, with life-threatening conditions, like heart attacks, severe car wrecks, or serious wounds.
It's located on 4th Street just across from the Emergency Room. Hospital officials said that the new facility will help alleviate congestion at the ER.