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Friday, September 13, 2013 12:00 AM

BY NANCY SPENCER

Herald Editor

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DELPHOS — St. Rita’s Ambulatory Care Center begins its 13th year in Delphos this month.

The facility has seen an average of 9,000 urgent care visits per year since it opened its doors on Sept. 10, 2001.

“We see a lot of upper respiratory problems, lacerations and questionable fracture,” said Director of Urgent Care Tara Miller.

 

The numbers go up considerably if specialty clinics are included. Local patients can make an appointment for gastroenterology, orthopedic, urology and heart specialists in Delphos and save trip to the doctors’ offices.

 

“We have specialist who have a day they are in Delphos so people can stay here in Delphos or have a shorter commute to see their doctor,” Miller added.

When the center opened 12 years ago, a health-care provider was available from 2-8 p.m. for urgent care. Seeing a need for more availability, since 2009, a provider is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Lab and imaging are available are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

“We recently made a change to our lab process,” Office Coordinator Sherri Wannemacher said. “All of our lab work now goes through St. Rita’s instead of an independent lab. We still offer the same services, it’s just processed at St. Rita’s. Patients can still come early in the morning and get the work done and the results are just as timely.”

Services offered at the care center include: urgent care, outpatient nursing, x-ray, mammography, occupational heal including drug screenings and breath alcohol testing and physicals, outpatient lab, EKG, CT scan and physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Specialty physicians include Dr. Tariq Sheikh, gastroenterology; Dr. Gary Schniegenberg, orthopedics; Drs. Russell Taylor and Narendra Bansal, urology; and Dr. Julius Kato, heart.

Miller said residents considering treatment should think of the facility as an after-hours doctor’s office and seriously-injured people should still go to the hospital.

St. Rita’s Ambulatory Care Center is a joint venture between St. Rita’s Medical Center and Van Wert County Hospital.

Last Updated on Friday, September 13, 2013 12:27 AM
 

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