After training Afghan medics in triage and treating soldiers with combat trauma, 10th Mountain Division veteran James Horrocks is on a new mission at the newly opened Urgent Care Center in Potsdam.

"Military medicine is basically the same as urgent care in the respect that it's rapid assessment," said Horrocks.
Horrocks is now a physician assistant at Canton-Potsdam's Hospital's Urgent Care Center.

After his deployment to Afghanistan, he served patients at the Connor Troop Medical Clinic at Fort Drum.

Since the Urgent Care Center first opened its doors to patients over a week ago, business has been steady and picking up.

"Problems like respiratory infections, maybe an ankle sprain, broken fingers, broken arms, things that can be taken care of without advanced needs," said Horrocks.

The 2,900 square foot walk-in clinic is open 7 days a week and is helping meet a need for patients who need to be seen right away for an unexpected non-emergency situation.

It was born out of a collaboration between the hospital and Watertown's QuikMed Urgent Care.

Horrocks says it's not a replacement for regular health care but is a lower cost alternative to emergency rooms or after-hours clinics.

Nearly 80 patients have passed through the door of the Urgent Care office since it first opened little more than a week ago.

The Urgent Care Center, located in Canton-Potsdam Hospital's Cheel Medical Campus on Lawrence Avenue, is open daily from 9 am to 9 pm except major holidays.