The HMH Board of Trustees unanimously approved a $573,802 expenditure at the August Board meeting to create a new HMH CareFirst Urgent Care Center in Elizabethtown. The funds will provide equipment, furniture, fixtures and IT infrastructure in the leased building at 1009 N. Mulberry St. (formerly Chase Bank).
The new location, with quick access to Interstate 65, is well suited to serve communities south of Elizabethtown as well as Elizabethtown visitors, said HMH Assistant Vice President of Operations Steve White.
The facility also positions HMH to meet the growing demand for urgent and emergency care, White said. Patient volumes continue to increase at HMH CareFirst Urgent Care Centers on Ring Road in Elizabethtown and in Radcliff. Further, community education efforts are helping patients make informed decisions about seeking care at urgent care centers rather than the emergency department. As many as 20,000 of the 70,000-plus patients treated each year in the HMH emergency department could be cared for at an urgent care center, which is commonly more convenient and less costly for patients.