The University of Chicago Medicine launched walk-in urgent care services at its Homewood location, 17805 S. Halsted St., providing south suburban residents with afterhours, weekend and holiday access for time-sensitive medical needs, including minor illnesses and injuries.
UChicago Medicine Medical Group – Homewood, which already offers primary care and family medicine, began urgent care services for adults and children on Tuesday, Jan. 17. UChicago Medicine Medical Group physicians are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and all major federal holidays.
The Homewood site is the first of several new urgent care locations the Hyde Park-based health system plans to operate in Chicago and the suburbs this year.
“UChicago Medicine saw a gap for our patient population,” said Dr. Anwar Isabell, urgent care medical director. “For us to continue to serve our communities and build on our stellar reputation, we took a step to provide urgent care to our patients.”
The Homewood urgent care clinic will offer care for everything from headaches, nausea, and upper respiratory infections to sprains and fractures. It will also offer point-of-care lab testing.
“We don’t want urgent care to replace your primary care physician or occupational medicine,” said Isabell, who will also be one of several physicians at the location. “It will serve as the in-between so that you are able to follow up with a primary care physician or specialist.”
Insurance is accepted or patients have the option to self-pay for care. No appointments are necessary.
The urgent care services are different from UChicago Medicine at Ingalls – Flossmoor, which offers urgent aid treatment for more serious injuries and illnesses that require immediate care. It operates as an extension of the emergency department at UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey.