“People need to be able to get in to see doctors in a timely manner,” Lamen said. “We recognize that convenience is important.”
In addition to same day appointments being made readily available, Lamen said, primary care offices are expanding their hours to accommodate patients. The hospital will also open its Convenience Clinic in January. This clinic will be open Saturday mornings, and will serve pediatric and adult patients by appointment.
Lamen said the hospital will also be opening a new geriatric practice this year.
According to Lamen, the elimination of the Walk-In Center can save the hospital almost $1 million, and the hospital was able to avoid cutting any positions or employee benefits.
He added that the general feeling from the community about the decision is positive.
“I think people rely on the Walk-In,” he said, “but generally feel that if this can happen — if they can be seen the same day in a doctor’s office instead — that would be great.”