Open house welcomes Nanticoke Immediate Care to Laurel

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LAUREL – Laurel offered a very warm welcome mat to Nanticoke Health Services and its newest Immediate Care Center.

Town officials, Laurel Chamber of Commerce members and citizens last Thursday helped celebrate Nanticoke’s grand opening of its third Immediate Care facility in Sussex County at an open house.

Based in leased space that was the formerly O’Neil’s Antique Shop on Sussex Highway, the Laurel facility joins Nanticoke’s Immediate Care centers in Seaford and Georgetown.

“Laurel is our second largest market,” said Nanticoke Health Services president/CEO Steve Rose. “People love to get their health care – local. You want to get as much health care as you can right in your own back yard. And we want to be that provider.”

“As you know, any local elected official is very quick to receive negative complaints. We hear those kinds of things all of the time,” said Laurel Mayor John Shwed. “Well, I am here to tell you that I have had nothing but positive feedback from the opening of this Nanticoke Immediate Care center here in Laurel. Our people are just thrilled that it is here.”

“As a member of the local government, we are just happy that they have chosen to locate here in this place. It provides another service for our people. And our people so far are embracing it – embracing it wholeheartedly,” said Mayor Shwed.

Like those in Georgetown and Seaford, the Laurel center – which opened for business Jan. 5 – offers walk-in care seven days a week for care/treatment of minor injuries and illnesses for patients of all ages.

Walk-in lab services are available; walk-in x-ray services will be available soon.

Hours of operation at all three locations are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Immediate Care facilities offer urgent care options other than a trip to the hospital Emergency Room.

“Last year just in our first two locations, we saw 12,000 people. So this has really turned out to be a great decision for us,” said Mr. Rose. “In our emergency department, we still see the volumes and the visits going up. But can you imagine another 12,000 visits in the Emergency Department …?”

The Laurel location, which Nanticoke leases from Louis and Shirley O’Neil, also houses Dr. Joseph Kim’s primary care practice and a nurse practitioner.

And there is room to grow.

“We really want to continue to grow our services down here. We have Immediate Care, we have space here and we hope to expand with more physicians – and bring different specialists down here … more primary care physicians and nurse practitioners and really be part of this community,” Mr. Rose said. “We want to make sure we are serving them just as much as we are serving Seaford and Georgetown.”

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