The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

March 14, 2014

Healthy choices

Enid, northwest Oklahoma finding new health care options

ENID, Okla. — Change seems to be a constant in the medical industry. In Enid and northwest Oklahoma, residents are fortunate to be finding some new health care options.

Integris Bass Baptist Health Center’s new health complex at 2821 N. Van Buren opened in January. The location combines Integris Specialty Care of Enid and Integris Urgent Care North minor emergency clinic.

Specialty Care of Enid combines key specialties aimed at improving patient outcomes and providing easier access for patients. The clinic focuses on patients with orthopedic and sports medicine needs, as well as those with neurological conditions.

Urgent Care North became the hospital’s third minor emergency clinic, providing primary care services in a walk-in setting. No appointments are necessary and the clinic will offer convenient hours, six days a week. Providers are Dr. Adreanne Hoggard and physician assistant Stephanie Whatley.

Integris Bass Baptist Health Center also operates Urgent Care Plus, 1805 W. Garriott, and Minor Emergency Clinic, 402B S. Oakwood.

Great Salt Plains Health Center, a federally funded community health center, will be open at the end of March. It offers sliding fee discounts to low-income patients.

Great Salt Plains offers comprehensive primary care, dental care and behavioral health care to its patients. Enid patients in need of dental and behavioral services will be referred to the Cherokee office until the health center can afford to add those services in Enid.

And a new urgent care clinic, Xpress Wellness, just opened at 220 S. Van Buren where the old Moto Photo was located.

As of now, Xpress Wellness is serviced in Enid by Dr. Seth Switzer and Jenny McArdle, a physician’s assistant. The plan is to have a permanent staff of doctors, with the occasional fill-in.

Xpress Wellness, an independently owned facility, formed a medical services agreement with St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center for physicians.

We welcome these new health care choices to our community.

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