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First-of-its-kind health clinic opens at Fox River Mall

Monday, January 09, 2006

Innovative approach delivers fast, convenient, affordable care for common illnesses

Aurora Quick Care will open Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Northeast Wisconsin's largest shopping center, the Fox River Mall in Appleton.

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 $30, which can be paid with cash, check or charge card at the time of service. There currently are 11 Aurora Quick Care sites in Wisconsin.

"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."

Hours for the Fox River Aurora Quick Care will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Quick Care will be located on the second level, above the Northwoods Café.

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.

Teske continued: "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." Prices for vaccinations vary.

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."

The other Quick Care sites are in Butler, Brookfield, Mequon, Milwaukee, Kenosha, Sturtevant, Waukesha, Sheboygan and Menasha. The first sites opened in March 2004. 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: Mark Kantola (920-451-5351)

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