Presbyterian is planning to build new clinics in Albuquerque that combine emergency and urgent care.
The idea is to serve patients who might not know what level of care they need.
If it’s truly an emergency, they’ll receive that level of care on the spot.
However, if it turns out to be less serious, the patient will get urgent care and only be charged for that service.
“The patients will enter and there will be a triage but all the rooms will be universal, urgent care and emergency-level rooms, and so they don’t have to make that decision of where to go and do I have to worry about cost or copay,” said Darren Shafer, medical director.
Presbyterian expects to open a location on Paseo and San Pedro by next spring. Another one is planned for the Coors and Learning Road area next summer.
Presbyterian is also planning a location in ABQ Uptown.