Marshfield Clinic Minocqua and Eagle River centers are offering same-day appointments for those needing primary care services.
“We know that healthcare appointments need to be available when it’s most convenient for working families,” said Caroline Fender, manager, Marshfield Clinic Primary Care. “When patients need an appointment, they often need that appointment right away, and often outside of normal business hours.”
“While we still offer our Urgent Care Department in Minocqua for walk-in health issues, we also want our patients to have same-day appointment access with their primary care providers in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and women’s health,” Fender said.
Marshfield Clinic also offers extended hours for appointments before or after work in the Minocqua Internal Medicine and Pediatrics departments and the Eagle River Center Family Medicine Department on select days of the week.
“In today’s economy, we’ve seen a trend in patients putting off what isn’t urgently necessary with their health,” said Dr. Maria Alvarez, family medicine, Marshfield Clinic Minocqua Center. “However, that can actually cost people more in the long run. For example, blood pressure screening can help indicate risks for strokes and heart disease and diabetic foot exams can reduce the risk of amputations.”
“It’s important for children to receive routine well-child visits to be sure their development is on track,” said Dr. Diane Hrdina, family medicine, Marshfield Clinic Eagle River Center. “We want to provide convenient appointment times to help our patients take care of their family’s health before problems become urgent or they need expensive hospitalization.”
The Minocqua Center offers extended hours for appointments in its Internal Medicine and Pediatrics departments on Tuesday evenings, as well as internal medicine appointments at 7 a.m.
Marshfield Clinic Minocqua Center’s Urgent Care is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., while the Center’s Pharmacy is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends. The Center’s Laboratory also has appointments on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.
In Eagle River, same-day appointments are available as well as extended hours for early morning or early evening appointments.
“Same-day appointments in primary care and other extended hours are part of our continual effort to improve the care and convenience we offer our patients,” Fender said.
For more information about same-day appointments or extended hours in Minocqua or Eagle River, contact Marshfield Clinic at 1-800-347-0673.
The Marshfield Clinic system provides patient care, research and education with more than 50 locations in northern, central and western Wisconsin, making it one of the largest comprehensive medical systems in the United States.