Urgent care, pharmacy, cardiac rehab fill SamFit building

2012-01-30T06:45:00Z 2012-01-30T07:32:19Z Urgent care, pharmacy, cardiac rehab fill SamFit buildingBy Alex Paul, Albany Democrat-Herald Albany Democrat Herald
January 30, 2012 6:45 am  • 

LEBANON — An urgent care clinic, retail pharmacy and cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation center are now operating within the 12,000-square-foot SamFit building that opened in November on the Samaritan Health Sciences Campus.

The services join the 3,513-square-foot SamFit health center, a fitness/wellness center that is open to the public 365 days a year.

Bob Vanderford, director of the 1,763-square-foot cardiac rehab center, located on the west side of the building, said the facility is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

“We have 120 patients in the program,” Vanderford said. “We average 10 to 12 people in each of 10 classes per day.”

Vanderford said the goal is to help people reduce the risk factors associated with cardiac problems.

“We help them learn to increase their activity levels, work on their individual issues and monitor their vital signs while they exercise,” Vanderford said.

The rehab unit is filled with much of the same exercise equipment as the adjacent fitness center. There’s also an education room where patients can take classes on topics such as healthy eating and optimizing diet.

Vanderford said patients must have a physician’s referral to sign up for the cardiac or pulmonary programs.

Respiratory therapist Chris Rose works with 25 pulmonary patients, including 74-year-old Ray Bahler of Lebanon, who has emphysema.

“It’s fantastic,” Bahler said. “It’s great for seniors. The equipment is brand new and smooth to work with. It’s not only good for me physically, but also mentally.”

For more information about the cardiac/pulmonary rehab center, call 541-451-7888 or 541-451-7178.

Nearly 400 people are visiting the new urgent care clinic each week, said coordinator Kathy Cowger.

The clinic had been housed in the same area as emergency services within Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital.

“We have so much more room,” Cowger said. “We now have seven patient rooms and two procedure rooms. We used to have one physician on staff daily, now we have two.”

Cowger said 27 physicians rotate services through the 4,324-square-foot clinic that is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

“The only days of the year we’re closed are Christmas and Thanksgiving,” Cowger said.

Cowger said moving the clinic out of the hospital has also meant educating the public about what types of conditions should be presented at an urgent care facility.

“Before, people used the same entrance for urgent care as the emergency room. Staff would then direct them to the proper service,” Cowger said. “Now, they have to make that decision. If you’re having chest pains, go to the hospital.”

Conditions treated at urgent care include sore throat, ear infection/pain, minor cuts or abrasions, minor burns, muscle strains, vomiting/diarrhea, and cold or flu symptoms.

Urgent care visits cost from $99 to $200, plus lab fees, Cowger said.

Cowger said that at the former office, staff had to share a work station. “Now, everyone has his or her own work station,” Cowger said. “We also switched from paper to an electronic medical records system. There’s a computer and printer in every exam room and we have digital X-ray equipment on site.”

“It’s great,” Dr. Les Pliskin said. “There’s definitely more space and better access for our patients. Electronic records are great.”

For more information about urgent care, call 541-451-7915.

Pharmacists Ruby Nguyen and Susan Maule are staffing the new 1,562-square-foot retail pharmacy on the east side of the building. They are assisted by two technicians.

“We’re filling about 130 prescriptions a day,” Nguyen said. “There’s still a pharmacy in the hospital, but it’s for patients and staff only. We’re a full retail pharmacy.”

The pharmacy is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

“We have been pretty busy, but we can get a prescription out in about five minutes,” said Nguyen, a 2010 Oregon State University pharmacy graduate.

Nguyen said the facility has room to expand, plus a drive-up window.

For more information about the pharmacy, call 541-451-7119.

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