Ballantyne residents have a new, quick option for health care.Novant Health opened its first Charlotte-area express clinic in Ballantyne, which offers extended hours to treat common medical conditions without an appointment.For patients age 2 or older, the clinic, called Novant Health Express, offers care for the flu, allergies, cough, strep throat, insect bites, minor wounds, sprains and other common injuries. “The express care is to provide easy access for low-acuity problems at a low price point,” said Dr. Michael Hoben, who works at the clinic. “Patients are wanting access, affordability and price transparency.”The clinic is open 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekends and is located at Ballantyne Commons East, 15235 John J. Delaney Drive, Suite B.Hoben said the services are similar to “doc-in-a-box” locations like Minute Clinic at CVS, but Novant Health Express will have access to patients’ records and medical histories.“They are connected to an integrated health-care system rather than going to a point of care where they don’t know anything about them,” he said. “For patients who go into Novant Express system, their whole record will be there.”The clinic can treat 30-40 patients a day using the two exam rooms and laboratory in the facility.Most insurance and self-pay options are accepted. Fees usually range from $80 to $110, depending on patient needs, Hoben said.“We really use this as an extension of our primary-care practices,” he said. “It’s another venue for those cases to get care during off-hour times that may be less expensive than going to the emergency room or urgent care.”Two more express clinics will open Aug. 4, in Davidson at 624 Jetton St., Suite 220, and at Park Towne Village at 1730 Woodlawn Road, Suite D.
Saturday, Jul. 19, 2014
Ballantyne gets a new, quick health-care option
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