New Twin Fountains Urgent Care Center opens
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The scent of new is one that is hard to define - but that is exactly what the Twin Fountains Urgent Care Center smells like.
A residual hint of wood and dry paint still lingers at the new office weeks after its Jan. 3 opening at 108 Twin Fountains Drive, off Main Street.
The new clinic comes about four years after the first Twin Fountains clinic opened on Sam Houston Drive, said Dr. John McNeill, owner and general practitioner.
Though the one on Sam Houston is the Twin Fountains Walk-In Clinic and the one on Main is an urgent care clinic, there really is no difference, McNeill said.
"Urgent cares are somewhat of a misnomer," he said. "There really is no difference as far as what we see. We take care of anything."
Both clinics have the ability to do employment physicals, x-rays, lab work, minor trauma treatment and any other common reasons for needing to see the doctor.
"Our urgent care and walk-in clinic are not trying to replace the emergency department and the hospital," he said. "We work with the emergency department and the hospital."
McNeill said he noticed the need for another facility a couple years ago, when the Sam Houston location became too busy.
"Sometimes the wait was longer than we wanted," McNeill said. "We always do the best we can, but you can't rush good care."
McNeill also owns the Rockport Urgent Care Center, but it is run by other physicians.
Along with adding a new clinic, McNeill has also hired 16 new people and has four physicians and four mid-level practitioners who switch between the two clinics.
Also, Twin Fountains' electronic records allow them to gain access from either clinic, he said.
One main difference is that the urgent care clinic is open until 11 p.m. and the Sam Houston location is open until 7 p.m.
The patient load at the new clinic has been light so far, but McNeill frequently thinks of when the first Twin Fountains opened.
"We only saw four patients," he said with a smirk.
The new clinic has 10 exam rooms and two small trauma rooms across from the nurse's station for easy viewing.
McNeill said he is excited about seeing where the center will be a year from now.
"I'm excited about the growth and the ability to take care of more people," he said.