Harris Health System introduces same-day clinics for non-emergency care

Harris Health System will soon offer a new kind of healthcare option for patients needing immediate care for minor illness and minor injuries—but not in need of emergency care—with the Jan. 27 launch of a collaborative in southwest Houston.

The Sareen Clinic at India House is the first of six same-day facilities Harris Health will open in 2014. Each will take walk-in visits similar to mini-clinics in grocery and drug stores. When all six Harris Health same-day clinics open, officials expect to treat about 90,000 patient visits a year.

“We want to ensure people in our community receive the most appropriate care in the most appropriate locations,” says Dr. Ericka Brown, senior vice president and administrator, Harris Health Ambulatory Care Services. “Harris Health’s introduction of our same-day clinics will go a long way to making medical care quick and easy for patients.”

The new 7,500-square-foot facility, located within the community center of India House, 8888 W. Bellfort, Houston, Texas 77031, will have six exam rooms and serve patients 18-months and older.

The goal of Sareen Clinic and future same-day facilities is to provide a more appropriate and convenient care setting for minor illnesses and injuries. The clinic will operate 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturdays. Additionally, the clinic will house a gymnasium for physical and occupational therapy as part of medical referrals made across Harris Health System.

“Our collaboration with Harris Health System will benefit the entire community of southwest Houston,” says Kul Bhushan Uppal, vice president, Operations, India House. “This clinic is a welcome site for anyone who needs minor medical care and does not want go to a busy emergency center.”

Several medical insurance, CHIP and Medicaid plans are accepted. People with no proof of insurance will pay a down payment of $0-$76 based on a financial screening. Patients who don’t follow through with completing applications for financial assistance will be responsible for the balance of their bill.

Harris Health’s clinic expansion is part of the Texas’ 1115 Medicaid Waiver, a program that funds innovative efforts to expand and increase healthcare to more people in the community.