Monday, December 30, 2013
UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich closes walk-in, expands primary care
Hospital announces Walk-In Center closure and expanded primary care access
UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital president/CEO Dr. Drake Lamen announced that as of January 1, 2014 the hospital’s Walk-In Center will be closed. He stated, “This change is in response to state and federal budget cuts. We made this decision after weighing many options. Instead of cutting other services, positions, benefits or salaries, we have chosen to re-direct patients to the appropriate site for services already in place.”
Dr. Lamen said that patients with urgent needs should go to the Emergency Room, which will remain open 24 hours a day, every day. UHS Chenango Memorial patients with less urgent needs should call their UHS Primary Care office, where same day appointments are available and new patients are welcome. These offices are expanding their hours for patient convenience and to accommodate greater demand. In addition, in January, the hospital will open its Convenience Clinic on Saturday mornings. This clinic will be for pediatric and adult patients by appointment.
“We at UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital continue to encourage all area residents to establish themselves and their family members with a primary care provider so they will receive consistent preventive services as well as sick-care,” Dr. Lamen stated.
UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital is a member of UHS, a locally owned, not-for-profit, 916-bed hospital and health care system serving the Greater Binghamton region from more than 60 locations around New York’s Southern Tier.