Urgent Care Center Opens

Written by Jim Baehler. Posted in Volume 37, Issue 5 - November 5, 2016

Islanders in need of quick or after-hours medical attention no longer have to travel to other parts of the City to see a doctor. As of November 1, they can step into the new Urgent Care center at 520 Main Street, directly across from the entrance to the Rivercross building.

Roosevelt Island Urgent Care is one of five urgent care facilities owned and operated by Kamin Health in New York. As with the other centers, the on-site staff includes a licensed physician, a nurse practitioner, a physician’s assistant, a medical assistant, and an X-ray technician. No appointments are necessary and the center accepts all major insurance plans.

The Roosevelt Island facility offers ten examining rooms, a spacious waiting lounge, and a fully equipped nurses’ station. In addition, there is an on-site laboratory where blood and urine samples can be tested, making it possible to get results in a matter of minutes. The center’s X-ray equipment is entirely digital, dispensing with the need for X-ray film.

The center is designed to treat urgent, but non-life threatening conditions. The typical walk-in patient may have a cough, flu-like symptoms, or have recently suffered trauma such as from a fall, a bleeding cut, or a broken bone. The center should be a boon to the construction workers involved in the Cornell Tech Project where, as in any construction work, minor injuries are not an uncommon occurrence. The center also welcomes both pediatric and elderly patients.

Aside from illnesses and trauma, the Urgent Care center can also conduct a variety of well-patient services including physicals, insurance certifications, employment screenings, and vision testing for drivers’ license renewal eye exams. Our Island pediatrician, Dr. Katherine Grimm expressed her pleasure at the opening of the new Urgent Care center. “I think it’s great! It will certainly make life a lot easier for the parents on our Island. I’m looking forward to working with the staff at the new center and improving the medical care on the Island.”

There are some medical emergencies that cannot be treated at the center, such as gunshot wounds or an unconscious patient. In such cases the medical staff would stabilize the patient and arrange for ambulance service to a hospital. Additionally, they do not perform surgery.

Dr. Arthur Kornblit, medical director for every Kamin Health Urgent Care center, offered a tour of the newly opened center Tuesday. After an internship at Stony Brook University Medical Center and a residency at Long Island Jewish Hospital, Dr. Kornblit began a 14-year career as an emergency room physician. Seeking to apply the lessons he had learned in emergency room care, Dr. Kornblit opened his first urgent care center in Baldwin, Long Island, in 1991.

The aim then and now, according to Kornblit, was to provide first-class medical care to walk-in patients and have them treated and released in 30 minutes or less. As a pioneer in the concept of urgent care, Dr. Kornblit teamed up with Kamin Health two and one-half years ago and now has five centers under his direction. The first center, which opened as a result of the new partnership, was on Union Turnpike in Fresh Meadows, Queens. Other centers include two in the Crown Heights and Borough Park neighborhoods of Brooklyn, and one in Monroe, in upstate New York. Dr. Kornblit said that each new center has been designed with lessons learned from previous centers.

Plans for the future include a grand opening celebration (date to be determined) and a free one-day class on CPR and first aid techniques.

Roosevelt Island Urgent Care is open Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. You can reach them at 646-977-7974,

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