St. Francis Family Health Care’s extended hours program was launched in August 2009 to meet the residents’ expectations for after-hour services. Focus groups conducted in July expressed the need for medical provider services during non-business hours for routine and minor emergency care.
Dr. Michael Wurm, family practice physician and the first physician to provide coverage in the extended hours clinic, said, "The purpose of the clinic is to improve access to care during the early evening hours to meet patient needs."
After Wurm began seeing patients on Wednesday and Thursday evenings in August, Dr. Patrick Harr began Tuesday evening clinic in November with Dr. Kanti Havaldar offering Monday evening coverage in December.
Since the program’s inception over 500 patients have taken advantage of the after-hours clinic which runs from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. and is operated out of the St. Francis Orthopedic & Sports Medicine location. The clinic was intentionally placed across from the emergency department at the hospital.
"One of the goals of the clinic is to reduce the need for ED visits from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for minor emergencies," Wurm explained. "The primary purpose is to see people who would not normally be able to make an office visit during traditional office hours."
Walk-in patients are welcome and a limited number of appointments are scheduled during the extended hours clinic. Appointments can be made by calling St. Francis Family Health Care at (660) 562-2525. However, there is no appointment phone coverage after 5 p.m.