Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Urgent Care to Change.(Journal North)

Byline: Journal Staff Report

ER Co-Pay Will Apply for Visits

St. Vincent Hospital is dropping its "First Care" operation in a move that will cost some patients more but which hospital officials say will result in a better, more efficient emergency room at the hospital.

The changes are set to become effective Tuesday.

First Care provides "urgent" care services for patients with relatively minor problems not requiring full-blown emergency room services.

Six beds now dedicated to First Care will be merged into the hospital's emergency room operation. Urgent care services will be replaced with what St. Vincent is calling "Fast Track" care within the emergency department. …

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