ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Presbyterian Medical Group is opening the state’s first hybrid emergency room and urgent care center.
The new center, currently being built on the southeast corner of Paseo Del Norte and San Pedro, will help take away the options for patients wondering if they should take a trip to the ER or urgent care.
“Often times they don’t know what level of care they need. You just need to come to us, and we will take care of it,” said Darren Shafer, Executive medical director for Presbyterian Medical Group.
Emergency medicine physicians will triage all patients, and if urgent care is what’s needed, it’s available around the clock.
“And there’s nowhere that’s open 24/7 for an urgent care level visit. Everything closes pretty much in the early evening hours, so this gives another access point for patients,” Shafer said.
Shafer says most patients will likely need urgent care services and will be billed that way.
“What’s unique with this is that once the patient is in and evaluated, it’s just based on the resources that’s used to make the diagnosis for the patient,” Shafer said.
That could include any of the lab work and imaging machines that aren’t typically found at an urgent care clinic.
“So this is really a high level that people are not going to get at other urgent cares in the city,” Shafer said.
The facility is set to open in June.
A second hybrid emergency room and urgent care was just approved on the west side to be built on Coors and Western Trails.
Presbyterian is also currently scouting a third location in the Uptown area.