A new medical office offering walk-in urgent care services is under construction in Seymour.

First Care Clinic, with 10 Kentucky locations, is expanding with a new office at 1202 E. Tipton St. in the Jackson Park Shopping Center lot where Tumbleweed restaurant once stood. That business closed earlier this year, and the building was razed last month.

The First Care Clinic is scheduled to open this winter.

“We’re extremely excited to bring our patient-centered, walk-in urgent care to the folks of Seymour,” said Rob Pantoja, Founder of First Care Clinics. “We are going to offer a new kind of care to this wonderful community. At First Care, we are relentless about transforming the delivery of healthcare through outstanding customer service, convenience, and affordability.”

Equipped with multiple exam rooms, on-site lab testing, and digital x-ray capabilities, the clinic will provide a broad array of urgent care, walk-in, and occupational medicine services. Open seven days a week with extended hours, the clinic will offer treatment for a wide variety of common illnesses, injuries, and conditions.

“A shortage of primary care physicians and the cost of treating non-emergency health issues at emergency rooms has become an economic drain on patients. Walk-in urgent care helps to bridge the gap between primary care physicians and ERs,” said Jill Obremskey, a medical doctor and chief medical officer for First Care. “By accepting most insurance plans and offering affordable self-pay prices for uninsured patients or patients with high deductible insurance plans, we hope to make healthcare available to everyone in the Seymour area.”

First Care recently achieved the Urgent Care Association of America Accredited Urgent Care designation, the highest level of distinction for urgent care centers. After thorough evaluation and site surveys conducted by the UCAOA, it was determined that First Care met all requirements and had effectively established standards and criteria for quality of patient care, safety, and scope of services. First Care is the only urgent care clinic in Seymour with this accreditation.

Another office is being built in Bedford.

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The new planned 4,500-square-foot Seymour clinic will employ around 10 people, including nurse practitioners and medical assistants to treat patients with common, non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries.

Staff will be equipped to handle cases of allergies, colds and flu, bronchitis, ear and eye infections, migraines, sinus infections, strep throat, upset stomach and urinary tract and bladder infections, minor burns, cuts and scrapes, fractures and dislocations, ingrown toenails, insect and bee stings, and muscle sprains and strains.

First Care Clinic also will provide a variety of in-house diagnostic services, including digital X-rays, electrocardiograms, blood and urine labs and flu and strep tests.

Local employers will be able to utilize the clinic for occupational health services, such as drug and alcohol testing and worker’s compensation claims.

Through its sports physical payback program, First Care Clinic will donate $5 to a patient’s school after a physical is completed.

The clinic will have extended hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. First Care Clinic accepts most major health insurance plans and can bill insurance companies directly.

For patients without health insurance, First Care Clinic offers a prompt-pay program costing $89 for most visits, testing and procedures. Sports physicals are $25.

With the addition of First Care Clinic, Seymour will have three urgent care facilities. The other two are Schneck Urgent Care at 1130 Medical Place and The Little Clinic, which opened in August at Jay C Foods Plus Store at 1541 E. Tipton St.

Information: visit FirstCareClinics.com or FirstCareSeymour on Facebook.

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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.