Urgent care center to open in Greencastle by end of year

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The south entrance of the John L. Grove Medical Center has already been altered from this view last summer. The entrance is closed while construction inside renovates office space to house Antrim Family and Walk-In Care.

An urgent care facility is slated to open in Greencastle after Thanksgiving. Renovations are underway in the John L. Grove Medical Center to make room for Summit Health's Antrim Family and Walk-In Care.

Spokesperson Jessica Walter said Summit Health saw a need for its area patients to have a local option for particular types of medical care. It already had affiliate Antrim Family Medicine at the center.

"Urgent care or walk-in facilities are a convenient alternative when you can't get an appointment with your doctor, or when you have an illness or injury that isn't severe enough for a trip to the emergency room," she said.

The facility will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and most holidays, she added.

Patients will not have to make an appointment to be treated for minor illnesses and injuries such as cuts, sprains, bee stings, ear infections, minor skin rashes, fevers or sore throats. However, Walter urged anyone experiencing severe symptoms like difficulty breathing, uncontrollable bleeding, severe pain or fainting to go the the closest hospital ER.

The walk-in center will bill health insurance companies the same as it does for its family practice.

Rearranging

Exterior and interior changes are under construction, with the most notable the relocation of the main entrance. It will be on the south side of the medical center, situated at 50 Eastern Avenue. Antrim Family and Walk-In Care will expand its suite the entire width of the building, said John Massimilla, vice president of administration and chief operating officer, Chambersburg Hospital.

The lab, x-ray, mammography and ultrasound services have already been moved to Suite 141 inside the east entrance. The broadened services will create additional employment opportunities for physicians and other healthcare providers, reported Massimilla.

Summit Health has one other walk-in service. The Shippensburg Walk-In Care opened 10 years ago and serves over 20,000 patients annually.

As a non-profit regional network of healthcare providers in Franklin County, Summit Health includes hospitals in Chambersburg and Waynesboro, nine family medicine practices, 17 specialty practices, six satellite health centers, eight diagnostic imaging sites, eight labs, a fitness center, an outpatient surgery center, breast care center, outpatient behavioral health, physical therapy and rehabilitation, and cancer treatment services.

Construction in the John L. Grove Medical Center means a long walk down the hall for anyone going to Antrim Family Medicine. The south end of the building is being converted into a suite housing the medical practice and a walk-in facility.