CORALVILLE, Iowa (KWWL) -- A new University of Iowa Urgent Care Center opened it's doors in Coralville today.
The center is one step above the quick care centers and a step below an emergency room visit.
The center is located at 2591 Holiday Road in Coralville, it replaced a QuickCare clinic located at 2510 Corridor Way.
U.I. Health Care Medical Director, Katie Imborek said personnel can treat patients for broken bones and to get I.V. fluids administered at the center.
Unlike quick care centers, this urgent care has the capability to do X-Rays.
"We have our UI Quick Cares which are kind of entry-level pretty minor symptoms, minor complaints, and this next level up are our Urgent cares. So we have one in Iowa City on Scott Blvd. that we opened last year. It's been really successful, we've seen a growth in volume month over month and then we decided to open a second one up in this corridor," said Imborek.
Patients can also get tested for viruses such as influenza.
"If you do have any signs or symptoms of influenza, fever, headaches, muscle or joint achiness, or soreness. So something that comes on really quickly and you're worried you might have influenza you can come here and be tested and know whether or not you have it within 10 minutes," said Imborek.
By 11 a.m. on the first day, the center had already seen about 10 patients.
The clinic also has expanded hours for families, staying open until 9 p.m. on weekdays.
Patients can save a spot in line through an online site called My Chart.
The UI Urgent Care Center that opened last year may have also helped cut down on the number of people visiting the emergency room.
In 2017 (calendar year), the UIHC emergency room saw 41,281 walk-in patients. For 2019, that number had decreased to 36,862.
In comparison, there were 18,340 air and ground ambulance arrivals in 2017 and that number was nearly the same in 2019: 18,519.