Urgent care facility relocates in Front Royal

Mark Merrill
Floyd Heater
Chris Rucker
Valley Health's Urgent Care Center, located in Riverton Commons Shopping Center in Front Royal, opens Tuesday. Rich Cooley/Daily

FRONT ROYAL – Valley Health Urgent Care & Occupational Health held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday for its new 4,700-square-foot facility in Riverton Commons Shopping Center.

The facility, located at 65 Riverton Commons Plaza, will be open for patients at 8 a.m. Thursday. It previously had been operated out of the Warren Memorial Hospital Outpatient Center since April 2009.

Mark Merrill, president and CEO of Valley Health, thanked the crowd for attending the dedication of the new facility that will serve Warren County, Front Royal and the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

“Our mission at Valley Health is to serve our community by improving health. And we do this both inside the walls of our hospitals and facilities like this new urgent care center, but also outside the walls at community fairs and schools,” he said.

“In today’s health care world, urgent care centers play a key role, offering convenient, accessible after hours, weekend access to services. This urgent care center will also offer occupational health services to support the employers in this region keeping their employees healthy, and if they are injured to get them back to work quickly,” he added.

Floyd Heater, president of Warren Memorial Hospital and vice president of Valley Health Southern Region, said the relocation provides better access for the community.

“I have had the pleasure of being cared for by the staff at the urgent care center,” he said, “I must say they are efficient and very kind and caring and they are providing a great service to this community and I’d like to congratulate you on your new home.”

Chris Rucker, president of Valley Regional Enterprises, thanked center employees for their role in getting the facility ready for patients and acknowledged that the location of the new center – off Interstate 66 and U.S. 522 – was chosen to provide more convenient access for the community.

“I hope you appreciate that we’ve attempted to locate this at a very easily accessible (location), very close to major interstate, near community routes and near the places where people live, shop and work,” he said.

Pam Lambert, director of the new facility, said they are expecting to see an increase in patients at the new location. They saw about 2,000 patients each month at the previous location.

The center’s staff includes a registration specialist, nurses, radiology technologist, providers and physicians. Services offered include treatment for minor injuries and illnesses, drug screenings, on-site X-rays and lab services, vaccinations, travel health services, respirator fit testing and pulmonary function screening.

Patients can walk into the center at anytime – no appointment is needed – during normal business hours, or save time by checking in online with the Skip the Wait feature at vhurgentcare.com.

Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, contact the facility by phone at 540-635-0700.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com

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