'Urgency Room' medical facility near openingA walk-in facility opening next month promises emergency room-like care at a fraction of the cost associated with traditional emergency rooms.
Woodbury’s health care services are growing.
A walk-in facility opening next month promises emergency room-like care at a fraction of the cost associated with traditional emergency rooms.
The Urgency Room will staff emergency-certified doctors who will treat myriad health problems – from toddlers with severe fevers to teens with broken bones, people with chest pains to patients with kidney stones.
It is the latest in a growing variety of medical care facilities in Woodbury. Patients already can access Woodwinds Hospital and its emergency room, the Allina and HealthPartners clinics and urgent care centers, retail-store clinics and other facilities.
What sets the Urgency Room apart, its officials say, is that it will be staffed with doctors, nurses and paramedics who have emergency care certification. Also, it will provide services beyond what is offered in traditional urgent care facilities and offer some treatments found in emergency rooms.
Physicians behind the project say patients will pay 25 percent to 40 percent less for care than what a hospital emergency room would charge. Those savings can be accomplished because the Urgency Room will not have the financial overhead that drives up costs for an emergency room visit.
“You have all of the ER skills without the ER bills,” said Gary Gosewisch, an Urgency Room physician and its chief executive officer. The facility will charge urgent care-level co-pays, not more costly emergency room charges.
See the Sept. 8 print edition of the Woodbury Bulletin for the full story.