St. Joseph Family Medicine (SJFM) patients will be offered more convenience and easier access to health care when the medical practice moves into the main building at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center.
SJFM, which is part of the St. Rose family, has been located in a building just south of the main facility for many years and will open its new doors on Monday, Jan. 14.
But the new location isn’t the only change in the works.
Since the practice is moving into the Urgent Care area just off the first-floor lobby, the new name will be St. Rose Family Medicine & Urgent Care. Patients for either entity will check in with the receptionist.
Stan Hatesohl, M.D., Charise Oelger, P.A., and Linsey Carter, ARNP, will see current and new patients, as well as those seeking Urgent Care in their new home. This team will staff Urgent Care from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, while emergency-medicine physicians will be there from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The family practice hours will remain the same – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
“This change will offer many advantages to our patients,” Dr. Hatesohl said. “The biggest one is everything will be under one roof. The new offices are just steps away from radiology and our lab.
“We are so pleased we will not have to ask patients who are not feeling well or have limited mobility to go across the street anymore,” he continued. “They can get their x-rays, scans and lab work done right there.”
The infusion clinic and Rehab Services are also nearby.
Urgent Care patients either currently associated with SJFM or who don’t have a doctor will be able to schedule follow-up appointments immediately.
“In many cases, they will be able to see the same health-care providers who treated them in Urgent Care,” Dr. Hatesohl noted. “St. Rose is eager to offer this service to our current patients, as well as those who have delayed getting their own family-practice providers. This transition makes perfect sense.
“I also want everyone to know that Charise, Linsey and I are very capable of treating those who need Urgent Care,” he added. “This is a professional staff and we are excited about making this move.”
Mark Mingenback, St. Rose director of business strategy and marketing, noted that the move is in accordance with trends in health care today and in the future.
As a faith-based, non-profit facility, he added, St. Rose has determined that merging the family practice and Urgent Care will be more cost effective and improve the stewardship of all resources.
“We are looking ahead and acknowledging the effects of health-care reform,” Mingenback said. “It is imperative that St. Rose prepare to assist those currently without insurance who will enter the system as insured patients next year.
“There are 400,000 uninsured Kansans who currently use emergency rooms and Urgent Care clinics for their health care,” he continued. “It will be important for them to align with a primary care physician. This merger allows St. Rose to be proactive and plan for the best care of this newly insured population locally.”