Whittier Calif., Sept. 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Emergency room crowding continues to be an issue throughout the United States. Providing the right level of care for non-emergent conditions in convenient community locations helps alleviate overcrowding in emergency rooms and enhance patients’ experiences. PIH Health has opened three new Urgent Care Centers in Whittier, Hacienda Heights and Santa Fe Springs which will serve patients throughout Los Angeles County, Orange County and the San Gabriel Valley region.
“Creating additional access to care for non-emergency patient visits helps decrease health care costs and wait times, and opens up vital emergency services for those with the greatest need” said PIH Health Physicians vice president of operations Andrew Zwers.
For illnesses or injuries that are not life-threatening, but can’t wait until the next day to visit the doctor, such as urinary symptoms, ear pain, eye pain and discharge, sore throat, and abdominal pain, urgent care centers provide easy access to quality healthcare. Compared to an emergency room visit for more serious conditions such as a serious head injury or possible heart attack, the reduced wait time and cost of care at an urgent care center is more beneficial for patients.
The latest PIH Health Urgent Care Center opened on August 21 when PIH Health’s new three-story, 35,076 square foot, Bloomfield Medical Office Building began seeing patients.
Two additional Urgent Care Center locations in Downey and Montebello are also expected to open in 2018. Hours of operation for all PIH Health Urgent Care Centers are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, including holidays.
For more information, visit PIHHealth.org/UCC.
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About PIH Health
PIH Health is a nonprofit, regional healthcare network that serves more than 2.1 million residents in the Los Angeles County, Orange County and San Gabriel Valley region. The fully integrated network is comprised of PIH Health Hospital - Whittier and PIH Health Hospital - Downey and features numerous outpatient medical offices, a multispecialty medical (physician) group, home healthcare services and hospice care, as well as heart, cancer, women’s health, urgent care and emergency services. Recognized by Truven Health Analytics and Hospitals and Health Networks as one of the nation’s top hospital systems for best practices, cutting-edge advancements, quality of care and healthcare technology, PIH Health invests millions each year in community education and free and low-cost services to support those with the greatest need. For more information, visit PIHHealth.org.
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Rosie Cosio PIH Health 562.698.0811 Ext. 81128 email@example.com Monique Rodriguez PIH Health 562.698.0811 Ext. 81127 Monique.Rodriguez@PIHHealth.org