Medical offices should open next month
Construction of interior space continues at the Northside Professional Plaza for a late August opening of Harrison County Hospital’s After Hours Care and Floyd Memorial’s Occupational Health Network, a joint venture by the two hospitals.
Meanwhile, the two hospitals are securing equipment and supplies and conducting staff interviews.
The hospitals plan to jointly host a public Open House/Business After Hours event, sponsored by Chamber of Commerce of Harrison County, on Thursday, Aug. 26.
Dr. John McCollum of Corydon, family practice physician on the active medical staff at Harrison County Hospital, will be medical director of the HCH After Hours Care. The hospitals tentatively plan to be open as follows: FMH Occupational Health Network, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; HCH After Hours Care, Monday through Friday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.
Adjacent to After Hours Care, Harrison County Hospital is finishing construction of a medical office suite for Dr. Lisa Clunie, a new family practice physician who will open her practice in August. New patients may call for appointments at 738-4915.
The difference between After Hours Care and emergency room care is the severity of the problem.
For instance, After Hours Care is used instead of an emergency room for non-life-threatening situations.
Walk-in patients are seen according to medical severity. Conditions commonly treated at an After Hours Care are sore throat, cough, sinus infections, congestion, ear aches, headaches, sports injuries (including those needing stitches), sports and occupational physicals, minor wound care, and allergy shots.
The emergency room is still the place for a patient with more complicated or life-threatening situations.
Those include head injuries, loss of consciousness, blurred vision, black-outs, fever with stiff neck, dehydration, severe weakness, severe dizziness, repeated vomiting, repeated diarrhea, fractures and broken bones that appear disfigured, hand wounds with numbness or inability to move fingers, chest pain, shortness of breath with history of heart complications, patients with history of heart disease or prior heart surgery, stroke and complications with pregnancy.