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October 9, 2013

Center offers new option for same-day sick visits

North Shore Urgent Care opens as part of Mass General complex in Danvers

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While the center welcomes the new urgent-care center in Danvers, “we’ve been doing it for over 30 years,” said office manager MaryAnn Walker.

CareWell Urgent Care also has plans to open a facility on Route 114 in Peabody, according to its website. A call to CareWell was not returned last week.

At the $30-million Lahey Outpatient Center on Maple Street in Danvers, which opened in 2007, walk-in patients are handled through individual primary-care physicians, said Gerald MacKillop, public relations manager for Lahey Health. Beverly Hospital has numerous private-practice physicians who see patients who need a walk-in visit, he said.

Unlike some urgent-care facilities, North Shore Urgent Care has access to Mass General/North Shore Medical Center’s lab and radiology services.

“Absolutely we could stabilize the sickest patient that walks through the door,” said North Shore Urgent Care’s program manager, Harriet Sanclemente. “We are fully ready to manage even the most life-threatening emergency while we are waiting for EMS to arrive. We have everything.”

As part of Partners HealthCare, the center can also quickly access electronic medical records within the Partners system, the state’s largest health care group.

Kapfhammer would not say how much it cost to develop this urgent-care suite but described it as a “large investment.”

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Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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