NORTH CENTER — "Should we go to the emergency room?"
If you're suffering intestinal bleeding or suddenly can't see, the answer is obviously "yes." For a paper cut, that would be a "no."
But for all those aches and pains and bumps and bruises that fall somewhere between the two extremes, there's now another option: Swedish Covenant's new Immediate Care Center, up and running as of Monday at 2019 W. Irving Park Road.
The center is open 2-8 p.m. weekdays through Sept. 1, after which hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. Staff are prepared to treat minor illnesses and injuries, as well as provide vaccinations, school and sports physicals, and pediatric care for children over the age of one.
A handy online guide provides a quick summary of when to seek out immediate instead of emergency care — note the emphasis on minor vs. severe.
Most major insurance plans are accepted at the center, and three levels have been set for self-pay: basic (sore throat, rash, minor burns), $150; intermediate (basic plus services like X-rays), $200; and advanced (intermediate plus treatment such as stitches), $250.
North Center's Immediate Care Center is the second from Swedish Covenant. The first opened in June in Sauganash at 6141 N. Cicero Ave.
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