Lifespan opens new urgent care center in Johnston

LIFESPAN CORP. is opening a new urgent care in Johnston on Jan. 16, announced the hospital system on Monday.

JOHNSTON – Lifespan Corp. is opening a new urgent care facility in Johnston next week, announced the hospital system on Monday.

The new urgent care center will open on Jan. 16 at 11 Commerce Way, in the Stop & Shop Plaza. This will be Lifespan’s fourth urgent facility, in addition to the ones in Middletown, Providence and Warwick.

“I am excited Lifespan Urgent Care will have its fourth location in the town of Johnston, following the success of our other locations. I am proud Lifespan is taking another step in delivering the care our neighbors need, when and where they need it most,” said Olivier Gherardi, Lifespan urgent care medical director. “Lifespan Urgent Care centers provide their surrounding communities the expertise and compassion they need – and expect – when being treated by Rhode Island’s leading health care providers.”

The announcement comes amid news of rising COVID-19 cases in the state and shortly after a third Rhode Island county was added to the list of areas that are high-risk for COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added Newport County to the high-risk areas on Jan. 6, joining Providence County and Kent County. The latter two areas were deemed high risk on Dec. 30.

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With Newport County’s addition to the list, a majority of Rhode Island counties are now at high risk for COVID-19.

The opening of the new “state of the art” urgent care facility will help meet the need of the Johnston community and potentially help the already overcrowded emergency rooms in the state, Gherardi said.

“We are a good venue for the Johnson community to come and see us instead of having to go to an emergency department or to just be unsure or left to no care,” Gherardi said.

Lifespan said its Johnston urgent care facility will initially be open from 8 am to 5 p.m. daily, except certain holidays, and then will expand to longer hours in the early spring. It will treat adults and children 18 months and older with non-life-threatening conditions and minor injuries and illnesses, such as the common cold, influenza, upset stomach, earaches, sinus infections, urinary tract infections, fractures, sprains, bites, cuts and burn. Lab testing, X-ray services and certain vaccinations are also offered.

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