To our readers,

The COVID-19 pandemic is a once-in-a-century type story, ... Click here to continue

Walk-in clinic to open this summer in Rockland

Jun 07, 2021
The Bok Building in Rockland will be the location for Pen Bay Medical Center's walk-in medical clinic.

Rockland — A walk-in care clinic is coming to downtown Rockland.

MaineHealth and Pen Bay Medical Center have begun renovating the Bok Building, which sits at 22 White St. behind the Rockland Public Library, and will open PBMC Walk-In Care on the building’s first floor this summer.

PBMC Walk-In Care and Waldo County General Hospital Walk-in Care in Belfast are part of a larger effort to increase access to health care for residents of Knox and Waldo counties. They also will provide needed services to area visitors who do not have a local primary care provider.

“When people have timely access to a health care, they are healthier,” said Mark Fourre, the president of PBMC and WCGH. “The Rockland walk-in clinic, like the Belfast walk-in clinic, is critical to our goal of making it easier, faster and less expensive to get basic health care and urgent care close to home.”

A walk-in clinic setting focuses on non-life threatening injuries and illnesses that do not require an emergency department visit and are especially useful for people who do not have primary care providers or who cannot access their PCP’s office due to time of day or other factors. These clinics also provide a way to link patients to primary care for their future preventative care needs.

PBMC and WCGH added more than seven new primary care providers in recent years, and they will welcome another two PCPs this summer. Both hospitals continue to recruit primary care providers.

The effort to establish PBMC Walk-In Care is being led by Kendra Emery. She also leads PBMC’s Acute Respiratory Clinic, which provides COVID-19 tests among other services, as well as the hospital’s effort to confront the opioid crisis in Knox County. Emery will continue to see her established primary care patients at this new location.

“Our community has told us that it needs faster and more affordable access to health care for things like sick-visits and minor injuries like sprained ankles,” Emery said. “PBMC Walk-In Care is a convenient way to deliver that service.”

There are a number of reasons that PBMC Walk-In Care will represent a significant expansion of on-demand services in Knox County. It will:

  • Enhance access for people who are sick or have minor injuries that do not require an onsite x-ray for same day care.
  • Open seven days a week and most evenings, making it easier for people to receive care without giving up a day of work.
  • Welcome both PBMC patients and new patients to the health care system, increasing access to health care for those who do not have a regular primary care provider and for summer visitors who find themselves far away from their regular doctors.
  • Accept many health insurance plans and provide affordable care to those who do not have insurance.

“PBMC Walk-In Care is an important step forward in our efforts to meet the health care needs of our community,” Emery said. “We’re excited to have started renovating the Bok Building space to house the clinic and will keep the community updated as new details are available.”

If you appreciated reading this news story and want to support local journalism, consider subscribing today.
Call (207) 594-4401 or join online at knox.villagesoup.com/join.
Donate directly to keeping quality journalism alive at knox.villagesoup.com/donate.
Comments (6)
Posted by: Stephen Betts | Jun 07, 2021 12:03

Drucinda, Pen Bay said the new clinic will have no impact on the free Knox Clinic.



Posted by: Charmarie Blaisdell | Jun 07, 2021 11:41

Let's hope it is less bureaucratic and more user-friendly than many of the Departments, especially Primary Care, at Pen Bay!!



Posted by: Drucinda Woodman | Jun 07, 2021 11:37

What does this mean for KNOX COUNTY FREE CLINIC ?!?



Posted by: Drucinda Woodman | Jun 07, 2021 11:35

WONDERFUL !!! The need is certainly there.

 



Posted by: Martha Johnston-Nash | Jun 07, 2021 09:29

This is great news, long overdue. Thanks to Dr. Emery for stepping up and spearheading the efforts. It might not be the most profitable of the PBMC services, but should save money and time for other departments, most notably Emergency.



Posted by: ANANUR FORMA | Jun 07, 2021 08:33

fantastic



If you wish to comment, please login.
Note: If you signed up using our new subscriber portal, your username is the email address you registered with and your password is in all caps