Aurora QuickCare Clinic for common health concerns... and so much more.
Everyday, seven days a week, patients walk into the Aurora QuickCare Clinic in Pewaukee to have their symptoms diagnosed and treated. Tanya Lechmaier, NP, a nurse practitioner at the location, sees all sorts of routine health concerns from colds to the flu, from rashes to pink eye. But there was nothing common about a patient who stopped in on a cold day in January, a few years ago.
"It's been over three years, but I will always remember Ryan Glynn, a fourteen-year-old, who came in with a cough," recalls Tanya. "I remember how concerned his mother was. She had just given birth five days earlier. She should have been at home resting, but instead she was in an Aurora QuickCare Clinic."
Ryan had a persistent cough that just wouldn't go away. Michelle Lee, Ryan's mom, recalls, "I remember thinking in the weeks before I gave birth that I needed to get Ryan into his pediatrician, but then I went into labor. I had an infant at home and an older son coughing night and day. I called Ryan's doctor, but he was out of town, so I did the next most convenient thing I could think of, I took Ryan to the Aurora QuickCare Clinic."
That decision ended up being significant. Tanya took a medical history of Ryan and performed a thorough exam, including using a pulse oximeter to measure how much oxygen was in his blood. "Two things struck me as unusual, first how low his oxygen level was and how tired Ryan was," adds Tanya. "I knew Ryan needed more advanced testing to determine what was going on."
Aurora QuickCare Clinic providers have the opportunity to introduce patients to Aurora's quality patient care and to the commitment by Aurora providers to going beyond a bandage and prescription. Tanya recommended that Ryan go to an Urgent Care for an X-ray. "When Tanya told me Ryan needed an X-ray, I felt overwhelmed, but Tanya helped me out. She made arrangements for me to go to a local that had the diagnostic equipment to further assess his condition."
Aurora QuickCare Clinic providers can assist with coordinating a patient's care by calling ahead to an Urgent Care or Emergency Department when referring a patient for more advanced treatment. Direct communication ensures a seamless transition and continuity of care.
Later that day the results were shocking, Ryan had a mass in his chest that was restricting his airways and his lymph nodes were swollen. Further testing in the days ahead determined Ryan had Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
Many Aurora QuickCare Clinic visits, like Ryan's, initiate further or follow-up medical care. While Ryan had his chemotherapy treatments at Children's Hospital, Aurora QuickCare Clinic providers can be an effective resource for connecting patients with Aurora primary care providers or specialists.
"If Tanya hadn't been as thorough as she was, we probably would have left with a prescription for an antibiotic," explains Michelle. "Ryan might not be with me today if it weren't for her expert medical care, time and attention she gave us. We were told later that within days, his airway could have become completely blocked by the tumor. I tell everyone what great care we received at Aurora QuickCare Clinic."
Today, Ryan is a healthy 17-year-old who runs track and cross country, and is looking forward to his senior year of high school.
With 10 locations from Green Bay to Kenosha, Aurora QuickCare Clinic offers extended day, evening and weekend hours for prompt care of many minor health conditions like sore throat, ear infection, ear wax removal, pink eye, seasonal allergies, sinus infections, mononucleosis, minor rashes, female bladder infection, camp and sports physicals, wart removal and more. Tetanus, flu, pneumonia, and meningitis vaccinations, as well as screenings for TB and cholesterol are also available without an appointment. Most visits are covered by insurance, Medicare and Medicaid.
To find an Aurora QuickCare Clinic near you, use our find a location search or call 877-QUICK02.