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KC area orthopedic hospital will add evening and weekend hours in November

Ortho Urgent Care, an expanded service of the Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute, will offer specialized care for bone and muscle injuries during evening and weekend hours beginning in November.
Ortho Urgent Care, an expanded service of the Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute, will offer specialized care for bone and muscle injuries during evening and weekend hours beginning in November. dpulliam@kcstar.com

Ortho Urgent Care, an expanded service of the Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute, will offer specialized care for bone and muscle injuries during evening and weekend hours beginning in November.

The region’s only dedicated orthopedic hospital, located at 3651 College Blvd. in Leawood, plans to accept “walk-ins” from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Company officials said the expanded hours will fill a need to address sports injuries and other orthopedic accidents, such as broken bones, sprains, strains, torn ligaments, severe bruises and minor lacerations, and provide an alternative to large-hospital emergency rooms.

The new service is designed only for patients age 12 and older.

Medical director Joseph Waeckerle said musculoskeletal injuries are the leading cause of all injury-related health care visits, and “offering urgent access at night and on the weekends when orthopedic injuries are likely to happen” is more cost effective than using hospital emergency rooms.

The urgent care service will draw from 25 board-certified physicians on staff at the orthopedic hospital plus physician assistants and nurses. Sports medicine expertise figures into the staff mix.

The after-hours service will include diagnostic imaging, bracing, splinting, casting and other treatment, plus scheduling for future services, if needed. For limb- or life-threatening injuries, patients still will be advised to call 911 or go directly to hospital emergency rooms.

Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute is a physician-owned specialty hospital and a joint venture with St. Luke’s Hospital.

Diane Stafford: 816-234-4359, @kcstarstafford

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