Thursday, August 8, 2013
Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic has opened a new immediate care clinic in Sunnyside. Clinic services include treatment for rashes, minor burns and injuries, ear infections, colds, sore throats, sprains, as well as flu shots and immunizations. Life-threatening injuries will still need to be treated at the closest hospital emergency room. "We have 6,500 patients who live in Sunnyside that use our Grandview clinics and several thousand more that travel to Toppenish for care there," said Carlos Olivares, CEO of Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic. "It's simply sound community health to consider how far they need to go when seeking care for a cut or a cold." Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic hopes to alleviate the stress put on emergency rooms with its new immediate care clinic for people when their injuries or ailments are not life threatening. "When you walk into our doors feeling sick or hurt, we want you to leave feeling well," said Micheal Young, Sunnyside Immediate Care Clinic manager. On Monday, Sept. 9, phase two of the immediate care clinic will be completed. This phase will add another provider, a procedure room and an x-ray machine, which will enable the clinic to set breaks and fractures. Clinic hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. When phase two is complete, Sunnyside Immediate Care will employ 13 staff, including two primary health care providers. An open house is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 10. For more information or to schedule a visit call 509-839-3000. Patients can find Sunnyside Immediate Care at at 2680 Yakima Valley Hwy., Suite B in Sunnyside.