(Denison, IA) – On November 4, 2017, the Main Campus Clinic at Crawford County Memorial Hospital began offering expanded Saturday morning hours from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Bill Bruce, CEO & President of CCMH, said the Saturday morning hours were implemented to improve access for people who had a hard time seeing a medical provider during regular office hours throughout the week.
“For many people, it’s not easy to take time off in the middle of the day to make a doctor’s appointment,” Bruce noted. “Other times, patients wait to see if an illness will clear up by itself before making an appointment. Then when Saturday comes, the only option would be the emergency room.”
Bruce said one of the purposes of expanded hours is to provide an alternative to the CCMH emergency department. However, for a true emergency such as a heart attack the Emergency Department is still the best place for service.
“Saturday mornings is still one of the busiest times in our ER,” Bruce explained. “The ability to see non-emergent conditions in the clinic, rather than in the ER, lowers costs for patients and allows the ER staff to see people who really do require emergency care.”
Over the past two months, Bruce commented that the Saturday morning clinics have become busier which allows CCMH to be more efficient with its staffing.
“When both the ER and the clinic are busy, it can be a challenge to meet the needs of patients who also require lab or x-ray services as well. As we move forward, CCMH is committed to adjust staffing to support our patients and providers. Our goal is to have a positive patient experience for everyone.”
For the Saturday morning clinic, walk-ins are welcome.
“We realize that sometimes you get up on a Saturday morning and don’t feel well. You don’t want to have to make an appointment, you just want to be seen by a provider. Our Saturday morning hours offer the opportunity to do just that,” Bruce said.
For more information, contact the CCMH Main Campus clinic at 712-265-2700 or go online at www.ccmhia.com.