Urgent Care Now Available at MVHC
January 7, 2016
Kim Lewis, MVHC Hospital Director of Nursing
Minnesota Valley Health Center (MVHC) is excited to announce the addition of Urgent Care to our hospital services. MVHC’s Urgent Care opened on December 15th and we are proud to have served 26 patients in the first ten days of operation. In addition to a new Urgent Care department we are also pleased to announce a new team of providers led by Dr. Assen Checkerdjiev. He and his staff have been providing quality, experienced care at MVHC since October. The providers are treating patients in all hospital settings including Inpatient, Emergency, and Urgent Care. Patients now benefit from continuity of care when transferring between departments.
Upon your arrival to Urgent Care, our registration department will gather your information and notify a nurse to begin your care. The nurse will do a brief assessment and collaborate with one of our in-house medical providers to determine if your condition qualifies as an Urgent Care visit or if emergency department services are more appropriate. A few common conditions which may be treated at Urgent Care include: allergic reactions, arthritis, allergies, bladder or urinary infections, minor burns, cuts and lacerations, ear infections, eye irritation/infections/sties, fever or flu, flu vaccination, headaches, insect bites/bee stings, laryngitis, sexually transmitted infections, skin conditions/rashes, sinus infections, minor strains or sprains, strep/sore throat and gastritis. Selective diagnostic services including lab and x-ray are also available.
At MVHC we strive for the best possible patient experience and outcomes in all of our departments. A longtime Le Sueur resident, James Rhode, was one of our most recent MVHC patients. James, who was suffering from pneumonia, was admitted at MVHC for three days before discharging on Christmas Eve. Mr. Rhode characterized his experience at MVHC by saying, “I lack the words to tell you how impressed I am with this facility. The nursing staff, doctors, and support staff are incredible. The Le Sueur community is fortunate to have these services available in town.” Rhode described the staff at MVHC as friendly and attentive. He said that he has never experienced this level of detail and communication at any other medical facility. He also said that the doctors and nurses were so helpful in explaining all of his medications, so when he goes home he will know exactly what medications he is taking and why. He said that the staff communicated with him about signs and symptoms to watch for in the future to monitor his own health at home and they were happy to discuss any issues and concerns with family members. Rhode said there is a “truly a sense of caring” in the staff who worked with him, and it’s evident that this “isn’t just a job for these people”.
Urgent Care services at MVHC are available 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. daily with the exception of major holidays. There is no appointment necessary for Urgent Care services. Patients should use the ER entrance at the south end of the building at 621 S. Fourth Street, Le Sueur. If you have any questions related to Urgent Care Services, please call 507-665-3375.