The recent opening of the Black River Healthcare Clinic gives people a more affordable, timely treatment option for illnesses and injuries that do not require a trip to the emergency room.
While the Black River Memorial Hospital emergency room is equipped with the highest level of equipment and trained professionals who can provide the necessary care for serious and time-sensitive illnesses or injuries, this type of care comes at a much higher cost to the patient. Although no one will ever be turned away from the emergency room at BRMH, beginning on September 1st, 2020, we encourage patients to consider seeking more affordable care in the Black River Healthcare Clinic for less time-sensitive injuries and illnesses. Same-day or next-day appointments at the Clinic are regularly available.
Examples of injuries and illnesses that can be treated in the Clinic at a more affordable rate include allergies, colds, mild fevers, sprains, flu-like symptoms and cuts and bruises that do not require immediate medical attention. Injuries and illnesses such as chest pain, severe fever, difficulty breathing, lacerations, trauma, and all other needs that require immediate medical attention, need to be treated in the emergency room.
When needing timely care outside of the Clinic hours, the emergency room will always be an option, regardless of the severity.
“You can always count on the emergency department when needed, and now with the Black River Healthcare Clinic, less serious issues can be treated there with less cost to the patient,” BRMH Emergency Department Director Carl Lash said. “Our goal is to provide the excellent care we are known for but also help make health care less expensive.”
The clinic is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Same-day or next-day appointments are regularly available. An appointment is necessary and can be made by calling 715-284-3355 or by visiting the patient portal, www.brmh.net/patient-portal.
The Black River Healthcare Clinic integrates family medicine with behavioral health for a complete, whole-person approach to your health. Anyone who does not have a primary care provider established should call the Black River Healthcare Clinic to make an appointment. Specialty services are also available.
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