HCH ER, Primary Care After-Hours offer options to residents

CADIZ — While the impending closing of East Ohio Regional Hospital has residents concerned about finding emergency care, Harrison Community Hospital continues to offer emergency room services 24 hours a day.

In addition, HCH now features Primary Care After-Hours for those patients who aren’t able to see their primary care physician but don’t want the expense of an ER co-pay. The service is provided from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday by nurse practitioner Derek Brock.

“If a patient has a problem that they don’t think warrants a trip to the ER, but their primary care physician’s office is closed for the day, this is the ideal choice,” said Tony Martinelli, HCH administrator. “It gives them the option of a lower co-pay than the ER. But, if the nurse practitioner decides the patient needs emergency care, it’s right here, too.”

Brock’s office is located in the front part of HCH. Appointments may be made by calling (740) 942-8638. Walk-ins are welcome, too.

In the ER, renovations have enhanced the overall patient experience. Upgrades have included new flooring, cabinetry, exam, lighting, painting and wall protection. Four of the six ER treatment rooms feature enclosed patient spaces with glass doors and curtains, rather than curtain-only separators, providing more privacy.

Also offered at HCH are surgical services; laboratory services; advanced imaging services, including MRI; vascular studies; cardiac rehab; physical, speech and occupational therapy; skilled nursing services; chemotherapy; women’s health; pain management and more.

For information, call HCH at (740) 942-4631.