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King’s Daughters Urgent Care Centers in Grayson, Ironton and Portsmouth recently received the Certified Urgent Care designation from the Urgent Care Associations of America (UCAOA). KDMC Urgent Care in Ashland achieved the designation last year.

“The healthcare environment is changing, and it is becoming even more important for patients to understand their treatment options,” said Wanda Parker, director of KDMC Urgent Care. “Urgent care is a convenient, viable option for medical conditions that cannot wait for a scheduled appointment with a primary care physician. KDMC Urgent Care Centers welcome unscheduled, walk-in patients during all hours or operation.”

When a medical condition cannot be handled by a patient’s regular doctor — such as unexpected cuts, burns, sprains or fractures that do not require a trip to the emergency department — Parker says KDMC Urgent Care is equipped with x-ray, laboratory services and a licensed provider is always available to perform minor procedures like casting and suturing.

“Urgent Care fills the gap between primary care and hospital emergency rooms, offering increased convenience and cost savings,” said Parker.

The Urgent Care Association of America has established the Certified Urgent Care (CUC) to identify the facilities whose operating model is consistent with the standard expectations for urgent care. King’s Daughters Urgent Care Centers have met all of the criteria established by the Urgent Care Associations of America (a full list of the criteria is available online at http://www.ucaoa.org/recognition_certification.php).

“We are very proud of our urgent care team,” said Wanda Parker, director of KDMC Urgent Care. “Certifications of any kind require entities to excel and hold themselves to a higher standard. This certification sets us apart. At this time, there are no other facilities in West Virginia with this distinction, and the closest facilities to our region that have obtained it are in Lexington, Ky. or Columbus, Ohio,” said Parker.

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