New medical services have been added recently to both the Ark City Clinic and South Central Kansas Clinic (SCKC).
The additional services are intended to fill a gap in health care options for area residents.
In May, Ark City Clinic started an urgent care walk-in clinic, which is available from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays for any urgent care need.
SCKC also has added extended hours, but after-hours services are available by walking in only.
No appointments are allowed during the expanded times and patients are seen on a “first-come, first served” basis.
The new hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
SCKC, located at 515 N. Summit St., began offering after-hours services on May 2.
Angela Ziegler is an advanced practice registered nurse with more than 10 years of previous health care experience, ranging from inpatient and intensive care to urgent care and emergency medicine.
She is the primary provider of the after-hours services.
“I am very excited to be able to provide greater access to care to our community. The after-hours clinic is for acute health problems such as sore throats, ear infections and injuries,” Ziegler said.
She stressed that the after-hours services will not take the place of the hospital for emergency situations, or daily functions of SCKC such as medication refills and follow-up appointments.
“It is filling a gap in our current care by providing time for the care of our most vulnerable — the single mom who can’t miss work, those who have to rely on others for transportation to appointments and those without a current health care provider,” Ziegler said.
She has experienced firsthand the need for local after-hours care.
“As a mother of five, I know how common it is to have my children wake up on a Saturday morning with a fever or an earache and have no good options for their care,” Ziegler said. “I must decide if I am comfortable waiting until Monday morning, driving 45 minutes to the nearest urgent care or going to the local (emergency room). None of these seem like a great option. Now the people of Ark City and the surrounding area have the perfect option with our Saturday morning clinic.”
For more information, call South Central Kansas Clinic at (620) 442-4850 or visit www.sckclinic.com.
Ark City Clinic
The new urgent care clinic at Ark City Clinic, 510 W. Radio Lane, includes sports physicals and workers’ compensation.
As with SCKC, patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.
The primary providers for the urgent care service are the clinic’s three physician assistants: Ginger Bahruth, Michelle Schmitz and Valerie (Spiser) Albin.
Bahruth is a physician assistant who graduated from Wichita State University.
She has more than 30 years of health care experience, including emergency room, obstetrics, urgent care and family practice.
Schmitz has spent almost two years serving the community. She came to Arkansas City with family practice and urgent care experience.
Albin returned to the clinic full-time on June 1. She will see patients for regular family practice, along with urgent care walk-ins.
Ark City Clinic has noticed that parents with young children or patients with injuries often are unable to get an appointment as soon as they need, a recent press release states.
By offering urgent care, the clinic anticipates it will be able to see patients in a timely fashion.
“We have decided to have an urgent care so that patients can be seen in a reasonable time when an acute problem arises. We will have a provider available for urgent care on a daily basis and there are no scheduled appointments on those days for that particular provider,” said Dr. David Schmiedler. “It is on a ‘first come and first served’ basis and all patients will be seen as quickly as possible. We feel this will provide better access for patients who have imminent needs.”