Central Maine Healthcare opening second Maine Urgent Care location
LEWISTON, Maine — The Lewiston-Auburn community will have a new source of convenient, affordable, walk-in healthcare—everything from flu shots to stitches—with a Maine Urgent Care center coming in February.
The clinic, operated by Central Maine Healthcare, is currently under construction at 685 Sabattus Street in Lewiston and is scheduled to open in late winter. As part of CMH’s vision to increase access to care through a distributed network of ambulatory health centers, Maine Urgent Care will offer patients with minor illnesses and injuries a more convenient and less expensive alternative to a hospital Emergency Department. The clinic will provide diagnostics including X-ray and lab services.
“We want to offer our patients the care they need, where and when they need it and at a good price point,” said Melissa Caccamo, CMH’s system director of ambulatory and retail services. “Whether you need to be seen for life’s everyday bumps and bruises, a flu shot, or even something more emergent, you don’t need to schedule an appointment with your primary care provider or wait in an emergency room.” The cost of care outside the four walls of a hospital is lower too, she said. Most insurance plans will be recognized and the clinic will offer accessible pricing for self-pay patients.
A number of providers, including nurse practitioners and physician assistants supervised by a medical doctor who directs the clinic, will see patients in the brand-new two-story building. Hiring is under way for about 20 staff members. The accessible first floor, about 4,800 square feet, will include all patient and clinical areas such as exam rooms, lab facilities, an X-ray suite and comfortable waiting rooms. The second floor will house IT functions and some administrative work space.
No appointments will be necessary, but patients will be able to reserve a spot online and check wait times.
The Lewiston location is the second of a planned network of ambulatory care centers for Central Maine Healthcare. The first, Maine Urgent Care in Topsham, is one of only two fully accredited urgent care clinics in Maine. It opened just over a year ago and has seen 8,000 patients from more than 80 communities, Caccamo said.
The Lewiston clinic will be open daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Ample parking will be available.
About Central Maine Healthcare
Central Maine Healthcare (CMH) is an integrated healthcare delivery system serving 400,000 people living in central, western, and mid-coast Maine. CMH’s hospital facilities include Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Bridgton Hospital, and Rumford Hospital. CMH also supports Central Maine Medical Group, a primary and specialty care practice organization. Other system services include the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute, a regional trauma program, LifeFlight of Maine’s southern Maine base, the Central Maine Comprehensive Cancer Center, and other high quality clinical services.