St. Luke’s University Health Network opened its 17th St. Luke’s Care Now on Monday.
The St. Luke’s Care Now is in the St. Luke’s Health Center-Forks at 2003 Sullivan Trail. It is the network’s newest outpatient facility and opened earlier this month.
The center also includes St. Luke’s Family Practice at Palmer; St. Luke’s Riverside Women’s Healthcare; St. Luke’s Laboratory Services and Physical Therapy at St. Luke’s.
Like most immediate care centers, St. Luke’s Care Now is designed to offer fast, convenient care for minor illnesses and injuries – such as colds, flu, sinus infections, sprains, strains or broken bones when a primary care doctor can’t see the patient immediately without having to go to a hospital’s emergency room. In addition to walk-in medical care, St. Luke’s Care Now–Forks offers walk-in X-ray and laboratory services and occupational medicine services to employers.
Dr. Robert Dolansky, DO, St. Luke’s Care Now medical director, said the facilities aren’t meant to replace traditional primary care.
“We can take care of urgent medical needs when the patient’s primary care physician is not available. We will then get the patient back to his or her primary care physician for routine care, or help the patient establish care with a primary care physician,” he said.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
In addition to this newest facility, St. Luke’s has Care Now centers in Allentown, Bethlehem, Brodheadsville, Center Valley, Emmaus, Hamburg, Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, New Ringgold, Pennsburg, Quakertown, Whitehall and Wind Gap in Pennsylvania; and in Belvidere, Clinton and Phillipsburg in New Jersey.