CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new clinic facility opened its doors in Corvallis on Monday, and its mission is to get patients out the door within 15 minutes.
The Corvallis Clinic opened its first retail space clinic, called CareNow, on Monroe Ave. Monday morning.
“It’s something Like ZoomCare or MinuteClinic – which you see nationally – but you don’t see a whole lot of them here in the Northwest,” said Rod Aust, Chief Operating Officer for the Corvallis Clinic.
Aust says the facility is unlike an urgent care clinic.
“The problem with urgent care is you can end up with long waits because everyone has walked in at the same time,” he said.
Aust says the clinic is for patients who need physical examinations, immunizations, or treatment for minor illnesses or injuries. The facility also has a pharmacy.
“We have a lot of pretty standard, commonly-used medications that we can dispense here pretty much at cost,” said Jennifer King, a Family Nurse Practitioner at CareNow. “It’s really convenient.”
The facility is open seven days a week from 7 am – 7 pm. Patients can schedule their appointments online the day they want to go in by clicking here.
Patients will see nurse practitioners and medical assistants, but the facility’s goal, besides providing elite care, is that nobody has to wait once he or she comes in the door.
“You know you’ll be seen when you want to be seen,” Aust said. “So you can do your waiting at home where you’re comfortable. Our mission is to get you in right when you come in and to get you out in 15 minutes.”
Because overhead costs are lower, Aust says the services at CareNow are cheaper than at the main clinic, which has more fixed costs. The facility also has upfront costs posted on its website.
If the nurse practitioners are not able to treat the patients, they can refer them back to a specialist or physician at the Corvallis Clinic.