Mercy Urgent Care is pleased to announce the opening of its newest location, Mercy Urgent Care Foothills, in Columbus, North Carolina, on June 18, 2019. A ribbon-cutting ceremony, courtesy of The Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce, will be held at the new location, 140 W. Mills St. (Highway 108), on June 17 at 3 p.m., followed by an open house at the facility from 3-4:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend the opening of the new center and tour the facility.
Adjacent to Entegra Bank and less than a quarter of a mile from Exit 67 off Interstate 26, Mercy Urgent Care Foothills will be open seven days per week: Monday ¬through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mercy Urgent Care Foothills is convenient for residents and visitors of Polk County, Rutherford County, southern Henderson County and Landrum/Upstate S.C. who are seeking high-quality, affordable and convenient medical care for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries. Patients in the Carolina Foothills region will now have access to walk-in care at a fraction of the cost of an emergency room visit. Urgent care centers play an important role in the health care landscape of a community, serving patients as a resource in addition to hospitals and primary care practices.
“We look forward to serving the people in this area with greater access to health care. Polk County has a documented shortage of primary care providers and very limited access to any retail walk-in acute care services. There is very limited, if any, weekend and after-hours health care besides hospital emergency rooms in the entire tri-city area of Columbus, Tryon and Landrum, South Carolina,” says Tim Johnston, Mercy Urgent Care Chief Executive Officer. Known for its compassionate and affordable care, Mercy helps your family, friends and neighbors recover from injury and illness and get back to a healthy life. A committed community partner in the areas it serves, Mercy is a certified living wage employer.
Supporting the residents and visitors of Western North Carolina is a top priority, and to do this effectively, Mercy Urgent Care, as an independent provider, accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield and all other major insurance carriers; offers a self-pay option for those without insurance, with simple, tiered “fee for service” pricing; and has a Compassionate Care financial assistance program for qualifying patients.
In addition to services for individuals and families, Mercy Urgent Care Foothills will offer workplace-related health care services through its Mercy Occupational Medicine division. Employers in or near Polk County can take advantage of a wide array of services, from workplace screening and testing to workplace incident management. Mercy Occupational Medicine offers board-certified physicians and licensed, highly trained personnel to meet the needs of businesses and their employees.
Mercy Urgent Care was founded in Asheville in 1985 as an outreach of the Sisters of Mercy, an international institute of Roman Catholic women founded in 1831 in Dublin, Ireland. Committed to sacredness of life, human dignity, mercy, justice, service and excellence, Mercy Urgent Care believes everyone should have access to convenient, affordable and high-quality healthcare. The Sisters of Mercy have served WNC since 1900, operating the former St. Joseph’s Hospital for nearly 100 years before its sale to Mission in 1998.
Mercy Urgent Care has served more than one million patients in Western North Carolina. Donations to not-for-profit Mercy Urgent Care’s Catherine McAuley Mercy Foundation enable care throughout WNC in Brevard, Burnsville, Weaverville, three Asheville locations and soon Columbus — providing more than a half-million dollars in charity care locally as well as sending medical teams and supplies internationally.