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Format: 04/20/2014
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Valley News Dispatch: Alle-Kiski Valley medical facilities help each other out

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

By Jessica Turnbull

A sprained ankle can be treated at the new MedExpress in Tarentum that opens today. But patients needing follow-up care can be referred through a collaboration with the Alle-Kiski Medical Center.

"If we're going to be truly patient-centered, we need to recognize that in today's health care environment, people need specialty care and follow-up," said Erich Lipphardt, MedExpress Urgent Care vice president of development and marketing. "We see Alle-Kiski as a hospital that is recognized for its quality, for its good reputation."

The MedExpress, located near the intersection of East Tenth Avenue and Lock Street, is the 16th in the state and the 42nd nationally, Lipphardt said. Urgent care fills a need between primary care and the emergency rooms by addressing immediate but nonlife-threatening care, Lipphardt said.

MedExpress walk-in sites are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. Last year, the company treated about 300,000 patients.

"We are a full-service facility," Lipphardt said. "That means there is always a physician on site, always a nurse, always an X-ray technician."

Ned Laubacher, Alle-Kiski Medical Center CEO, said this is the first collaboration with an organization outside of the West Penn Allegheny Health System, although the hospital works with nursing homes and other facilities for post-hospital care.

"We're all in the business of keeping healthy patients healthy, getting sick patients back to function and not making it worse," Laubacher said. "If we compete with each other, it makes it worse."

To read more, visit the Valley News Dispatch website.

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