Bronson FastCare Coming to Portage Meijer Store
A Bronson FastCare retail healthcare site offering basic healthcare services is scheduled to open on April 1, 2014 inside the Meijer store at 5121 S. Westnedge Ave. in Portage. The first of its kind in the area, Bronson FastCare offers convenient and economical medical care for minor conditions and symptoms, including sore throats, fevers, flu and colds, ear and sinus infections, pink eye, skin rashes and allergies. Lab services are available for pregnancy tests, monospots, rapid strep and urinalysis.
“At Bronson, we are always looking for ways to improve access to healthcare services. That means making sure we are doing all we can to provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time,” says John Jones, Jr., Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Bronson Medical Practices. “Bronson FastCare is a great new resource that serves everyone regardless of whether or not they have insurance or their own primary care doctor. It is designed to help all people who have minor health concerns get the care they need quickly, affordably and with maximum convenience.”
Bronson FastCare is open to everyone in the community. Care is provided by licensed nurse practitioners and physician assistants who work under the guidance of emergency medicine physicians with Southwestern Michigan Emergency Services, the same group that staffs the emergency departments at Bronson hospitals in Battle Creek, Kalamazoo and Paw Paw. A report following each visit can be sent to a patient’s primary care doctor. If a patient arrives with symptoms that exceed the scope of services, the patient will be referred to another Bronson facility that can handle that condition.
“The primary difference between Bronson FastCare and other immediate care and urgent care centers in the area is a direct link to the comprehensive Bronson system of care,” says Jones. “That includes medical specialists, services in the hospital and outpatient services. In addition, FastCare will meet the same Bronson quality standards as the other Bronson services. And it has the same electronic medical record system used at all Bronson locations in the Kalamazoo area. This helps patients track all of their visits and enables providers to coordinate a patient’s care from one service location to the next.”
Bronson FastCare takes walk-in patients only, but waits are expected to be non-existent or minimal. Should there be a delay, silent pagers are available for use in the store to alert the patient when the provider is ready. The service accepts most insurance plans and office visit co-pays apply. For those with a high deductible plan or no insurance, a visit is $69, including lab service.
Patients can fill prescriptions at the Meijer Pharmacy, conveniently located on site, or at the pharmacy of their choice.
Bronson FastCare’s hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Holidays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (closed Christmas Day). Last patient is seen 15 minutes prior to close.
Visit www.bronsonhealth.com/fastcare for a full list of treatments and lab services.
About Bronson Methodist Hospital
Bronson Methodist Hospital, located at 601 John St. in downtown Kalamazoo, Mich., is the flagship of Bronson Healthcare, a not-for-profit healthcare system serving all of southwest Michigan and northern Indiana. With 434 licensed beds and all private rooms, Bronson Methodist Hospital provides care in virtually every specialty — cardiology, orthopedics, surgery, emergency medicine, neurology, oncology — with advanced capabilities in critical care as a Level I Trauma Center; in neurological care as a Joint Commission certified Primary Stroke Center; in cardiac care as the region’s first accredited Chest Pain Emergency Center; in obstetrics as the leading BirthPlace and only high-risk pregnancy center in southwest Michigan, and in pediatrics as one of only six children's hospitals in the state.
Bronson serves the largest percentage of Medicaid patients in the area and provides a substantial benefit to the community through outreach and charitable care. It is the recipient of the 2005 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence. In 2009, the hospital received the AHA McKesson Quest for Quality Prize awarded annually to only one U.S. hospital and joined the top five percent of hospitals in the nation to be designated a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence. It was also a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospital from 2009-2011. For the past five years, Bronson has been ranked in the top five percent of hospitals in the nation as a Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence (2009-13). In 2013, it was named one of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals. For more, visit bronsonhealth.com.
The FastCare model of retail health clinics was established by Bellin Health in 2006. Bellin Health is a not-for-profit, integrated healthcare delivery system that has been servicing Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula since 1908. Known for its emphasis on population health, Bellin Health is the northeast Wisconsin’s leader in cardiac, orthopedic, digestive health, mental health and primary care services.
To ensure quality health services, Bellin developed the FastCare model on the guidelines for retail clinics as defined by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association. These include having a well-defined and limited scope of clinical services, treatment plans that are evidence-based, having a system for referring patients to physicians when symptoms exceed the clinic’s scope of services, and integration of electronic medical records.
FastCare partners with health systems and retailers across the country to create affordable and convenient patient access to healthcare.
More information about FastCare is available at www.FastCare.com. For more information on Bellin Health, see www.bellin.org.