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Mercy Medical moves respiratory clinic to increase capacity for potential COVID-19 cases

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Courtesy Mercy Cedar Rapids Facebook page

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- As Mercy Medical prepares to treat and respond to more positive COVID-19 cases in the county, Mercy has shifted it's respiratory clinic to a pilot site in Marion to serve more Iowans.

The respiratory clinic has now moved to MercyCare Marion at 3701 Katz Drive, and began operations yesterday.

The new clinic allows for an increased capacity that allows Mercy to serve additional community members.

As a result of this change in location, Mercy is no longer sending patients with respiratory illnesses to the Hiawatha location, where they were being seen last week, according to a press release.

“In anticipation of patient need in the weeks to come, Mercy physicians and staff developed the new clinic prototype at the Marion location over the weekend,” said Dr. Timothy Quinn, Mercy’s executive vice president and chief of clinic operations. “This new model will allow efficient deployment to additional sites if needed. We will continue to evaluate community need and respond accordingly.”

Utilizing a respiratory-only clinic limits the potential risk of exposure at other medical facility locations and provides one central location to treat potential COVID-19 cases.  

How It Works:

All patients with respiratory illnesses, including suspected COVID-19, will be sent (with a physician referral only) to MercyCare Marion Urgent Care. The hours of this clinic are 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The phone number at MercyCare Marion Urgent Care is (319) 373-3022.

Primary care and urgent care patients needing appointments or testing for mild to moderate respiratory illness – such as a cough, difficulty breathing, fever and runny nose – should be directed by their medical provider to the respiratory illness-only site at MercyCare Marion Urgent Care. That site will only test for COVID-19 based on established criteria from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Patients who seek care for non-respiratory symptoms at MercyCare Marion can be seen as a walk-in appointment with family practice, which is isolated from the respiratory clinic. Those patients can also be sent to MercyCare North Urgent Care.

Patients who do not have a primary care provider can call Mercy’s Find-A-Doc line at (319) 369-4444 or go online to schedule an urgent care video visit.

Ashley Neighbor

Reporter, Cedar Rapids

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