Expanding their reach

Schneck Medical Center is expanding its footprint and services in the community by forming a new primary health care practice.

The Seymour hospital announced Monday it will take over operations of Jackson Park Family Physicians and Urgent Care of Seymour.

Beginning Saturday, the practice will do business as Schneck Primary Care and will include both the Seymour office at 1124 Medical Place off South Jackson Park Drive, Brownstown Family Care at 806 W. Commerce St. and the renamed Schneck Urgent Care, located at 1130 Medical Place.

The merger is a natural extension of Jackson Park Family Physicians’ long relationship with the hospital and will enable the practice to serve its patients with an even more seamless and well-coordinated level of comprehensive care, hospital officials said.

“As health care transitions from an industry that responds only to illness to one that proactively manages chronic conditions, this partnership positions both organizations for the future,” said Dr. Eric Fish, vice president of physician practices at Schneck.

Hospital officials would not comment further on why the decision was made, how long it has been in the works or how much the merger cost.

Current patients of the practice will not have to do anything different as a result of the change, Fish said.

“Patients will be cared for in the same high-quality manner as before the merger and will not need to do anything in regards to their care,” he said. “It will be continued business as usual.”

Schneck Primary Care will offer both adult and geriatric care, pediatrics, gynecology and occupational medicine. The practice offers in-house laboratory services, a variety of medical diagnostic tests and many routine immunizations. It also performs many minor procedures, including minor skin surgery, laceration and fracture repair, vasectomy, cryotherapy and bone density testing.

The urgent care facility will continue to operate as a walk-in clinic specializing in the immediate treatment of minor injury and illness. It will be staffed by Schneck Primary Care physicians.

“Physician staff and advanced practice providers will stay the same,” Fish said.

More staff could be added at a later date as the hospital continues to address the community’s growth and medical needs.

“Schneck is actively recruiting primary care physicians for our community,” Fish said.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at jrutherford@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.