Residents in Ohio and Marshall Counties will soon be seeing rapid care centers popping up around town. Hospital officials think this is a good way to alleviate some of the traffic in area emergency rooms.
Since the closure of two area hospitals, WVU Medicine has been looking for ways to fix the area’s healthcare crisis. A big one will be urgent care centers. Right now, three are planned between Marshall and Ohio counties — one in Wheeling, one in Mt. Olivet and one in Benwood.
These facilities will have x-ray machines on site and a handful of exam rooms to cover the needs of patients. Dr. David Hess, WVU Reynolds President/CEO, says these sites will all be tied to the hospital, as a way to work together to help the community.
The center in Benwood is set to open on March 3.