MASH Urgent Care opens new location in Clarence
BY: Kaitlin Fritz, Community Papers of WNY | January 17, 2013
With the worst flu outbreak in decades, emergency rooms are overcrowded with patients, several of which could probably be treated by their own physician. The main issue with going to a physician’s office is making an appointment. Sometimes appointments aren’t available. This is why Dr. Mark Pundt, CEO of MASH Urgent Care is opening new locations throughout the area, one of which is right in Clarence.
On Tuesday, a crowd of more than 100 celebrated the grand opening of MASH Urgent Care’s fifth location, 5965 Transit Road, Clarence.
“We are proud to bring true urgent care to the residents of our community,” said Pundt.
MASH Urgent Care offers similar services to an emergency room without the wait. Pundt said that he and his staff are proud to say that most patients are in and out of their care within an hour.
Physicians at MASH can provide treatment to patients who may be suffering from minor injuries such as broken bones and sprains as well as illnesses, including the flu. Pundt added that anyone with a minor injury or illness is encouraged to go to the nearest MASH location so that emergency rooms can take in patients with injuries or illnesses that may be more serious.
MASH accepts the three major local health insurances as well as Medicare and many others. Flu shots are also available and patients don’t have to make an appointment to be seen by a physician.
“We just tell people to come in whenever they’re ready,” said Pundt.
This makes it convenient for the patients and they aren’t forced to schedule their day around an appointment but can also come as soon as they need if it’s an emergency.
Pundt is in the process of developing the MASH Urgent Care Network as well. This network will serve members of Erie and Niagara Counties. He hopes to have enough locations so that patients won’t have to drive more than 10 minutes to get the care they may need. He plans to open a location in Kenmore in March and another in North Tonawanda in May.
He is also planning a non-emergency transportation service that can take patients to an appropriate site of care. This will include anything from a taxi to a stretcher and will take patients to their physician’s office, the closest MASH or an emergency room if it is needed.
Another service that Pundt is working on is a call-in service. Patients will be able to call and speak to medical professionals. They can list their symptoms and receive help over the phone and won’t have to leave their home if it isn’t necessary.
MASH Urgent Care focuses on efficient and cost-effective care. Pundt’s goal is to make a system with better care, better access and lower cost for the patients.
The Clarence location is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Patients have been coming in since Wednesday morning. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 701-6331.