Cavalier County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) and Clinic in Langdon is once again responding to the needs of the community by implementing a walk-in Saturday clinic into its hours of operation.
By Melissa Anderson
In 2016, CCMH reached out to the communities it serves looking for ways it could better serve its patients. The Community Health Needs Assessment gave the staff and administration lots of ideas on how they could improve, but one idea was recurrent.
“The community voiced a huge want for a Saturday morning clinic, and we really wanted to make sure that we met that need,” Sara Erickstad, the clinic manager with CCMH, said.
The process of getting a Saturday clinic was in the discussion phases when Erickstad joined the team in October of 2016. With continued work and planning, the actual implementation began taking place at the end of January 2017.
“A Saturday morning clinic will be a great benefit for the community,” Erickstad explained, “There is nothing worse than going to bed Friday evening or waking up Saturday morning and not feeling well.”
With the additional clinic hours on Saturday, CCMH will now give its patients the advantage of being seen right here in their hometown.
“There is no more waiting until Monday morning to call in and make that appointment to be seen or having to drive out of town to be seen at another location,”Erickstad said.
Not only does the Saturday clinic provide convenience for CCMH patients but this service will also help to lower the financial burden for patients as they will no longer have to be seen in the ER for non-emergent care.
“The clinic will be meant for those non-emergent illnesses such as coughs, colds, fever, urinary tract infections, pink eye, sore throats, ear pain, rashes, and diarrhea just to name a few. Emergent issues will still be seen in our ER department,” Erickstad said.
The new Saturday hours will be set-up as a walk-in clinic so no appointments will need to be made for Saturdays. Patients can still call in to make appointments for Monday through Friday with their providers.
“We all really look forward to providing this service to the community and continue to welcome feedback on what the community is wanting,” Erickstad stated.
The Walhalla clinic will not be offering the Saturday clinic hours at this time, but it is something that the CCMH administration will be looking into for the future.