Communication facility planning part ! Facility Planning, Part I Maria Cordero HCS/446 October 23, 2012 Johnnie West Introduction This paper provides an overview of the facility planning process for the Urgent Care Clinic. The Urgent Care Clinic is considered a family clinic that is located in Virginia. In this paper the author will discuss the following elements. The communities need for the clinics renovation. The current type of population that is in need of health care services. And a brief description of the Urgent Care Clinic and what it will offer to those residents within this area. Urgent Care Overview
The urgent care clinic has served the needs of many Frederick, Warren, and Clark county residents for the past 10 years. The clinic first opened their doors in 2002. The clinic provides treatment in a similar fashion to an emergency room or regular family physician. The urgent care clinic has a laboratory that deals with testing and an x-ray department to assist in a patient’s care and diagnosis. The clinic is open seven days a week staying open late during the week for that potential patient that cannot go to an emergency room or adhere to their current doctors Hours of operation.
This is very convenient as there are only three hospitals for these three counties. And at times the wait to see a doctor in an emergency room can be several hours. So in 2010 urging care was faced with so many patients and the facility that could not meet the demands of the current population. It was decided at this point to renovate a newer and larger facility. In 2011 the new urgent care facility was reopened and was adequately larger to house the amount of patients needing care.
In addition to a newer and larger facility urgent care decided to meet the needs of the population by providing more affordable care. Also the clinic allowed for any patients insurance carrier to be taken with in their facility. Type of Population Served Currently in Frederick, Clark, and Warren County there is a combined population of 131,673 residents as of the 2011 Census Bureau. This population consists of professional personnel, military personnel, and students that currently reside within these counties. There are also many different ethnic groups and younger children aging newborn to fifteen.
Community Need Many of the current population commute to other larger cities such as Richmond, the D. C. Metro area, and Roanoke. Which makes it increasingly more difficult to adhere to a Doctors normal hours of operation. And with the area being so rich in military personnel, finding physicians that are willing to take their current insurance provider is a task within its self. When first starting the renovation of the new facility, Urgent Care decided that there were other needs within the community besides having later hours.
Many current insurances charge a substantially larger copayment when seen at a hospital that many residents cannot afford. The wait times in an emergency room were significantly higher and longer. And many residents wanted a facility that would be able to assist with their simple aliments such as the common cold and flu. The community needed a place that was affordable as well as efficient in providing care. With the amount of military personnel the new facility had to take their current insurance provider without charging extra for their care.
And because these three counties are rich in community colleges there needed to be a health care facility that could assist those currently attending classes and need health care to fit their schedule. It was all of these needs combined that now makes up the current Urgent Care Clinic. Conclusion This paper provided an overview of the facility planning process for the Urgent Care Clinic. The Urgent Care Clinic is considered a family clinic located in Virginia that provides health care services to three counties. In this paper the author discussed the following elements.
The communities need for the renovation of a newer and larger facility. As well as the type of population that is being served by the new renovation. And the author has given a brief description and overview of the Urgent Care facility. The author explained to the audience of the need for the current clinic to assist those residents in less emergency type health care needs. References Urgent Care Clinic. (2012). Retrieved from http://www. winchesterurgentcare. com/1374178. html U. S. Department of Commerce. (2012). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved from http://quickfacts. census. gov/qfd/states/51/51069. html