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Aurora Quick Care to double number of sites

Friday, November 11, 2005

Travel plaza and shopping mall among the newest locations for innovative service

Aurora Health Care has announced plans to open three new Aurora Quick Care sites in southeastern Wisconsin by Nov. 15. The latest locations are part of an expansion to bring health care to the consumer in convenient locations that include shopping malls and grocery stores. The latest Aurora Quick Care locations include:

  • Petro Travel Plaza, I94 & Hwy 20, Racine
  • Brookfield Square Shopping Center, 95 N Moorland Rd., Brookfield
  • Aurora Pharmacy, 304 Delafield St., Waukesha

With these sites, and plans for additional locations in the coming months, Aurora Quick Care expects to double the number sites in eastern Wisconsin before the end of the year.
“Patients have been very enthusiastic about the convenience and accessibility of Quick Care,” said Janet Teske, an advanced practice nurse and Aurora Quick Care manager. “Parents are particularly happy to have an option that enables them to get quick answers to common childhood illnesses. For working parents it’s especially beneficial because it reduces their time away from the job.”

Aurora Quick Care is a new approach to delivering fast, convenient and affordable diagnostic services and treatment for common family illnesses. A typical visit to an Aurora Quick Care site takes 15 minutes and costs a flat fee of $30, which can be paid with cash, check or charge card at the time of service. There currently are six Aurora Quick Care sites in Butler, Brookfield, Mequon, Milwaukee, Kenosha and Menasha. The first sites opened in March 2004.

“Aurora Quick Care is an attractive option for many people, including some who otherwise would seek care at a hospital emergency department,” Teske said. “When primary care services are delivered in an emergency department, the cost is many times more than the same care delivered in a primary care setting.”

Teske said: “Our sites are staffed by advanced practice nurses who can assess common medical conditions such as sore throat, ear infection, sinus infection, pink eye, mononucleosis, bladder infection, pregnancy, seasonal allergies and bronchitis. In addition, Aurora Quick Care provides TB testing and vaccinations, such as flu, meningitis and tetanus. Staff also is qualified to write prescriptions.”

No appointments are needed at Quick Care, and patients have an answer within minutes. Patients who require a prescription receive one immediately. If a patient requires follow up and does not have a physician, they are given information about nearby physicians who are accepting new patients.

Aurora Quick Care’s nurse practitioners work under the guidance of the program’s medical director, John Whitcomb, M.D. “Advanced practice nurses are registered nurses who have additional education and certification to provide a wide range of primary care services, including diagnosing disease and prescribing medications,” Dr. Whitcomb said.

“One of the best ways to maintain good health is to have a primary care physician who can track and coordinate your care over a long period of time,” Dr. Whitcomb said. “People who use Aurora Quick Care will receive a record of their visit that they can take to their doctor.”

The fee charged for Aurora Quick Care services falls far below the cost of the same care provided in a hospital emergency department.

“Employers, who pay much of the cost of health care today, are demanding innovative new solutions that address the rising cost of care,” Teske said. “Services like Aurora Quick Care are part of the answer.”

Hours for the new Aurora Quick Care sites will be:

  • Petro Travel Plaza, Racine – Monday-Friday from noon to 8 p.m. Sat. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Brookfield Square Shopping Center, Brookfield – Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Aurora Pharmacy, Waukesha – Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday - Sunday 9 to 1 p.m.

For more information about Aurora Quick Care, click here.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers care at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact: Ron Irwin (414-647-3405)

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