Carthage Hospital Cuts Urgent Care

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Story Updated: Aug 31, 2012

Carthage Area Hospital is discontinuing its 'urgent care' service at the Evans Mills Family Health Center, effective next Wednesday, September 5.

"The decision...is another example of our need to streamline operations and align resources to best serve the communities in and around Carthage," said Adil Ameer, the hospital's chief executive officer.

The regular work of the clinic - primary care and pediatrics - will continue.

The decision to discontinue urgent care services follows the hospital's decision to turn over its Cape Vincent cliic to Samaritan Medical Center, announced earlier this month. (See our story here.)

The hospital found itself in deep financial trouble over the last year because of billing problems and costs associated with the construction of a new 'senior living' facility. Hospital officials have said they're making progress, and they recently got a million dollar, 10 year loan (actually four $250,000 loans) to help with cash flow.

Patient records connected to the Evans Mills urgent care will remain on-site and can be requested through the primary care office at the family health center. Patients can call 315-629-1304 or find the medical records release form on page 2 of the new patient packet posted on the CArthage Area Hospital web site, www.carthageareahospital.com.

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