University Hospitals (UH) in Ohio, US has announced its plans to open a new urgent care facility to further enhance healthcare accessibility in north-east Ohio. 

The UH Urgent Care expansion is part of a strategic plan to bring medical services closer to where patients reside. 

This new facility, UH Urgent Care Shaker Heights, is set to open its doors on 1 February. 

The facility will feature advanced medical technology and is said to serve patients of all ages, aided by its ‘experienced’ healthcare professionals and staff. 

In addition, UH will relocate its other facility by the end of this month.  

The UH Urgent Care Streetsboro will be relocated to 9449 State Route 14, Streetsboro, OH 44241 from its current location. 

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Scheduled to open on 29 January, the relocated facility positions the facility on a well-trafficked road near Market Square Drive & Route 14, just northwest of McDonald’s.  

This move aims to provide Streetsboro and the surrounding communities with more convenient access to healthcare services. 

The new facility as well as all the other UH Urgent Care locations will operate from 8am to 8pm throughout the week, with modified hours on certain holidays.  

UH chief operating officer Paul Hinchey said: “Having easy access to urgent care locations provides a more affordable option than emergency departments for patients who don’t have a primary care physician but need immediate, non-life-threatening medical attention.  

“By offering more urgent care locations, we can relieve the burden on emergency departments and reduce wait times so our emergency medicine teams can focus on critical cases.” 

All the UH Urgent Care facilities are part of a collaborative effort with WellStreet Urgent Care.  

Besides, the expansion will bring a significant number of healthcare jobs to the region.