OSF to open first of three urgent-care centers in C-U next week

OSF to open first of three urgent-care centers in C-U next week

CHAMPAIGN — OSF HealthCare plans to debut the first of its three Champaign-Urbana urgent-care centers — called Urgo centers — next week.

The first local Urgo center will open Oct. 2 at 2710 N. Prospect Ave., C, at the corner of Prospect and Interstate Drive.

The facility will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 365 days a year, and will be staffed by an advanced-practice nurse, two medical assistants and a radiology technologist, according to OSF. In addition to exam rooms, it will have on-site lab and X-ray services available.

Urgo — short for urgent care on the go — is OSF's modernized version of a convenient-care center. The waiting rooms are being designed to have the look and feel of lounge areas, and they're being equipped with cappuccino machines and cellphone charging stations.

OSF said it's placing these care centers in shopping areas and neighborhoods where health care providers aren't otherwise available.

"We are going to be where you're going to be," said Janet Rendleman, an OSF vice president. "You don't have to come to us. We are right there where you already are."

Urgo centers are designed to offer care for the same kinds of conditions that convenient-care centers provide — among them colds, coughs, flu, sprains, minor cuts and fractures, urinary tract infections and upper respiratory infections. They'll also provide sports physicals, according to OSF.

A Catholic health system based in Peoria, OSF plans to hold a private blessing ceremony for its first C-U Urgo on Friday.

The center will be open to the public from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday for tours, introductions to the medical providers and free coffee, doughnuts and fall flower bouquets, plus chances to win prizes from Curtis Orchard.

Opening dates for the other two local Urgo centers — planned for 2403 S. Neil St., C, and 520 N. Cunningham Ave., U — aren't yet available, according to OSF spokeswoman Libby Allison.

More information on Urgo is available at its website.

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