Urgent care center opens in Crown Point - August 24, 2016

Courtesy of Post-Tribune • August 24, 2016

By Carrie Napoleon, Post-Tribune

Athletes who put a little too much into the game have access to immediate medical care on the Crown Point Sportsplex campus with the opening of Methodist Hospitals’ first urgent care center.

City officials and members of the Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce joined officials with the Methodist Hospitals for a ribbon-cutting Tuesday at Methodist CareFirst at 1275 E. North Ave., on the 95-acre Sportsplex campus.

Mamon Powers Jr., chair of the Methodist Hospitals board of directors, said the new facility adds another dimension of care to the Methodist network in Northwest Indiana. Locating the healthcare provider’s first urgent care center on the city’s Sportsplex complex taps into a need created by the growing sports tourism industry.

“To remain a successful hospital in today’s environment you have to keep growing,” Powers said.

CareFirst will treat common illnesses and minor injuries, such as those that might occur during athletic play. The facility has the ability to take X-rays and perform blood work and will be open evenings and weekends to provide an alternative to emergency room care when traditional doctors’ officers typically are closed.

Ray Grady, president and CEO of Methodist Hospitals, said the urgent care market is a key strategic priority for the healthcare provider.

“The Sportsplex is a great place for our first clinic,” he said. Two additional facilities are planned for Merrillville and Gary.

Crown Point Mayor David Uran said Methodist could not have chosen a better site to locate their first satellite facility in Northwest Indiana.

The Sportsplex has been an economic driver for the city and surrounding area, bringing more than 250,000 people through the city for the various different events. Along with athletes who come from out of state, many local athletes also call the Sportsplex facility their home.

“There are adults who still think they are kids, like me,” Uran joked. Having an immediate care center on site is a plus for those who may play too hard and a convenience for residents who live nearby.

“Sometimes injuries happen,” Uran said.

CareFirst opened in early July.

Carrie Napoleon is a freelance reporter for the Post-Tribune.