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Walk-In Center Offers Convenience for Physicians and Patients

In August Rush opened a Walk-In Care Center in suite 155 of the Professional Building — the first such center on campus. Intended to offer patients a convenient way to get care without an appointment, the center has also become a resource for physicians.

"If a primary care physician doesn't have time to see a patient with an acute problem, the physician will sometimes send the patient to me," says Tricia Schultz, DNP, who runs the center. "I can see patients quickly and, as soon as their issues are resolved, send them back to their physicians."

Schultz also sees patients sent by specialists.

"For example, sometimes a patient will come in to see a general surgeon and will have acute needs unrelated to the reason for the original visit," she says. "We help with those things — which means the patient doesn't have to come back for another visit."

However, the majority of patients who come in do not already have a physician at Rush. "I do a lot of referrals to primary care physicians," Schultz says.

The center, which sees about 30 patients a week, will move to the fourth floor of the Atrium building around the end of 2014.

Before then, Schultz says, it will expand its hours. The center is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Schultz hopes to add some evening and weekend hours in the future.

For more information about the center, call (312) 942-6688.

Rush Physician November/December 2013


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