Doctor opens urgent care center on campus

Doctor opens urgent care center on campus

CHAMPAIGN — A new urgent care center operated by an independent physician has opened in Campustown.

The Campustown Urgent Care at 631 E. Green St., C was planned to open last fall, but asbestos abatement in the building slowed down the construction, said owner/operator Dr. Tom Pliura.

The building has housed several banks in the past, including BankIllinois, Main Street Bank & Trust and Freestar Bank.

As a new urgent care center, it offers four rooms with its own lab and x-ray services, Pliura said.

It's intended to serve people of any age looking for convenient care, though its location may make it best suited to students and others arriving on foot, he said.

"It's not in a good spot if you need a place to park," Pliura added.

As of the center's opening this week, Pliura is the only doctor there, but he said he plans to add other health care providers to the staff.

The center accepts several kinds of insurance and is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Pliura said.

It is one of the rare independently owned health care practices in Champaign-Urbana. Pliura said it isn't affiliated with any of the major medical providers, including Carle, Christie Clinic or Presence Health, though Christie will be providing back-up radiology service.

The new center isn't competing with the University of Illinois McKinley Health Center, Pliura said, though it will be an alternative for students to the UI health center.

Pliura is also an attorney with a law office in LeRoy. In addition to his new medical practice in Champaign, he practices medicine in Marion and Anna.

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enoughalready wrote on July 30, 2014 at 11:07 am

Of course it's competing with McKinley!

How can he say it will be "an alternative for students to the UI health center" and not be competing with it?

He also says its location makes "it best suited to students". 

What's was McKinley's response?  Will the new clinic accept the UI's student insurance plan? 

Ellen wrote on July 30, 2014 at 2:07 pm

McKinley did away with their "urgent care clinic" years ago, deeming it unfeasible. If the demand is this great, why is there now a need and why is the university not addressing this issue?