Good Shepherd Health Care System to Remodel Current Urgent Care

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Good Shepherd Health Care System announced today that it will remodel its existing Urgent Care on W. Elm Avenue rather than build a new clinic on Highway 395. (Photo courtesy of GSHCS)

Good Shepherd Health Care System (GSHCS) announced today plans to create a state-of-the-art Urgent Care in its current space in the Columbia Professional Plaza rather than build a new clinic on N. First Street.

Art Mathisen

“After careful and thorough review, our leadership determined the ability to increase patient access and throughput is best maximized in the current Urgent Care space we already have,” said GSHCS President & CEO Art Mathisen. “The decision to improve our current space was driven by what’s best for our patients, communities, and staff.  Additionally, having our Urgent Care Clinic in close proximity to our hospital allows us to coordinate quality patient care in a way that isn’t possible off-campus.”

Good Shepherd’s Urgent Care is located at 1050 W. Elm Ave., across from the hospital’s main campus in Hermiston.

In a press release, Good Shepherd said the revamped space will be designed to optimize patient flow, navigation, and privacy. In addition, GSHCS plans to deploy the latest technology to streamline the online (and walk-in) patient check-in process and reduce wait times. This app-driven technology will be accessible from a patient’s phone or device.

Diagnostic Imaging and Laboratory support services will also be housed within the remodeled clinic space, consistent with the same high-quality standard as those services in the hospital setting.

“Having the support services of lab and X-ray embedded in our Urgent Care Clinic allows for one-stop care for our patients,” Mathisen said. “This really adds to the convenience our patients are needing for quick and thorough urgent care.”

Construction is set to begin this year.

“We want to be the urgent care of choice for our communities and look forward to the high level of care we can deliver with our new plans for Good Shepherd Urgent Care,” Mathisen said.

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