“Urgent Care” clinics aim to keep folks out of the emergency room.

Urgent Care Poinciana held an open house on Saturday to reintroduce its physicians to the community. (Photo by Michael Freeman).

POINCIANA – For more than a decade, Faiyaaz M. Jhhaveri has operated a clinic at the Swan Medical Complex off U.S. 27 in Davenport, where the urologist provides care for residents of Northeast Polk County and Four Corners.
The physician who operates Urology Healthcare of Central Florida says he also has gotten a number of appointments from residents in another area: Poinciana.
“I’m a full-time urologist and I see men and women in the Polk County and Four Corners area,” Dr. Jhaveri said. “And we get patients from Poinciana as well.”
Because of that, Jhaveri was only too happy to sign up as a physician at Urgent Care Poinciana, a medical clinic at 3759 Pleasant Hill Road that provides care to people living in Poinciana, and brings together a number of area physicians who work out of this office several days a week to provide non-emergency care to their patients.
“I think Urgent Care centers play a really important access for patients that may not have an internist or family doctor, but they have an urgent issue – but they may not need the care of an emergency room,” Dr. Jhaveri said. “A lot of times, Urgent Care doctors can keep someone out of an emergency room.”
On Saturday, Urgent Care Poinciana held an open house and free health fair. Although the clinic opened in November 2010, they wanted to reintroduce the concept of Urgent Care to the community, said Randy Wade, the director of materials management at Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center in Haines City. Both the Urgent Care Center and Heart of Florida hospital are owned by the same parent company, Healthcare Facilities.
The 7,000-square-foot Urgent Care office has exam rooms, a lab, x-ray equipment and offices for the physicians working there.
“We’re trying to introduce them to the public, to let them know who we are and what we do,” Wade said.
The clinic can diagnose and treat minor illnesses and injuries, including workplace injuries, and everything from elevated blood pressure to skin conditions, spains, broken bones, contusions, lacerations, food poisoning, asthma, and flu-like symptoms.
Urgent Care centers like the one in Poinciana are able to offer “the delivery of good, quality medicine in an efficient way,” said Dr. Nicholas Trinh, who works there as well.
“When patients need care right away, we’re very happy to be open to them in an efficient way,” Dr. Trinh said.
That’s particularly true, he added, if the patient has an issue that can be dealt with outside of an emergency room setting.
At that point, “We’re more than happy to fill in,” he said.
Maria Concepcion is a family medicine doctor who works at the clinic.
“I see anyone from old age to quite young,” she said, adding that Urgent Care is also undergoing an expansion to bring in even more physicians.
“We’re expanding so we’ll have more room,” she said. “This is a good company. The work ethic is great. It’s like a family.”
The rest of the week, Concepcion also has an office, Family Care, at the Swan Medical Complex in Davenport. Hiba Al-Dabagh, who specializes in the treatment of diabetes, also has an office in Davenport.
Now she, too, is starting a practice at Urgent Care Poinciana.
“I will also be doing half a week starting next month,” she said. “There is a lot of need here.”
Dr. Jhaveri said this kind of clinic is also helpful because “Many patients either don’t have a primary care physician or their schedules are too tight to get them into their office right away. They can call me, and I say ‘Send them right to my office.’ We play a very important role for the patients.”
To learn more about Urgent Care Poinciana, call 407-344-5563.

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