Urgent care facilities booming in western SD

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The push by health care systems toward urgent care has led to a booming operation of clinics in western South Dakota.

The Rapid City Journal (http://bit.ly/1kVkenq ) reports that four clinics in Rapid City are already seeing patients. Two of them will soon move to larger facilities to accommodate the surge in patients and a new facility is under construction.

The expansion follows a national trend being driven by long waits for doctor's appointments, overcrowded emergency rooms and an increasing patient demand for accessible, after-hours health care.

Mike McGrath is the director of clinical service for Regional Health physicians. He says the convenience and flexibility of urgent care clinics is "the way of the future."

The newspaper reports area systems don't expect the number of patients to stall any time soon.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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