The number of people seeking Urgent Care treatment at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center continues to be significant during the day and early evening. The same cannot be said for the wee hours.
Therefore, Urgent Care will still be open seven days a week but its new hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The change will go into effect Sunday, Dec. 30.
“We have learned that the vast majority of Urgent Care patients come in during the day,” said Mark Mingenback, St. Rose director of business strategy and marketing. “We also have learned that only one or two patients come in between 8 at night and 8 in the morning.
“Clearly, Urgent Care is providing a needed cost-effective, health-care service,” he added. “The community has responded in great numbers but we have discovered that it is not needed at night very often.”
Urgent Care opened in May 2011 and the usage has more than doubled since those early days.
Greg Bauer, chairman of the St. Rose Board of Directors, noted he and his colleagues support this decision.
“St. Rose must make decisions that lead to the best use of our financial and personnel resources,” Bauer said. “Our job is to be stewards of these resources while providing the community with the services it needs. This change is testament to that responsible stewardship.”