Visalia Medical Clinic is now providing nursing, medical staffing at Kaweah Delta’s Sequoia Prompt Care on Ben Maddox in addition to its QuickCare
By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN
VISALIA – The move to consolidate two of Visalia’s most expedient walk-in clinics was completed last week. On June 5, Visalia Medical Clinic (VMC) announced that it is now providing the nursing and medical staff at Kaweah Delta Health Care District’s (KDHCD) Sequoia Prompt Care clinic on Ben Maddox.
Visalia Medical Clinic’s Bruce Hall, MD, now serves as medical director for Sequoia Prompt Care, located at 1110 S. Ben Maddox Way, with Barbara Uichanco, RN, FNP, leading the nursing staff.
“The ER is impacted and there is great need for urgent care clinics to take care of the community,” Uichanco said. “We also provide occupational health care, helping people recover from work-related injuries and get back to work. We have a fabulous nursing staff with great clinical and customer service skills. I am truly excited to be a part of this team.”
VMC also announced slightly different operating hours for Sequoia Prompt Care. The operating hours for both Sequoia Prompt Care and VMC’s QuickCare, 5400 W. Hillsdale, are now 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. The change means Prompt Care will open an hour earlier every day and close three hours earlier on Saturday and Sunday; while QuickCare will close an hour earlier on weekdays but stay open three hours longer on the weekend.
KDHCD closed its other Sequoia Prompt Care location at 820 W. Akers St., Suite 100 inside Sequoia Medical Plaza on Jan. 14 because it was just a quarter mile from a nearly identical service provided at QuickCare, as both are part of collaboration through the Kaweah Delta Medical Foundation.
Sequoia Prompt Care and QuickCare are walk-in urgent care centers that treat non life-threatening illnesses and injuries, such as sprains and broken bones, mild respiratory problems, cold and flu, animal bites and stomach pain, when you can’t see your regular doctor or don’t have a private physician. Radiology and lab draws are done on site. QuickCare offers eight exam rooms to see patients within an hour of arrival with no appointment or with an appointment scheduled online.
Kaweah Delta will continue to staff and operate its existing Urgent Care location at 1633 S. Court St. and its soon-to-be-open second location at 3600 Flagstaff Ave. at the corner of Demaree Street. The second urgent care is expected to be open soon.
Once the second Urgent Care opens this year, the combination of all four non-emergent care centers will provide strategic access for patients in the west, east, north and central parts of Visalia. The primary difference between the locations will be hours of operation. Kaweah Delta Urgent Care on Court Street is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
The consolidation of the fast-tracked clinics is just the latest collaboration between Kaweah Delta Health Care District and the Visalia Medical Clinic. VMC became an affiliate of Kaweah Delta Medical Foundation on Nov. 1, 2015 in an effort to improve and streamline patient care in Tulare County by creating a seamless relationship between the hospital and local physicians.