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St. Joseph Health Medical Group begins primary care “After Hours Care” services in Petaluma

01/04/2017

(Petaluma, Calif. – January 4, 2017) St. Joseph Health Medical Group (formerly Annadel Medical Group) is expanding access to senior, adult and pediatric primary care services in Petaluma with the addition of After Hours Care services at its new Family Medicine office located at 905 East Washington Street.

The walk-in clinic is open to serve the public from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. No appointments are necessary.

St. Joseph Health Medical Group (SJHMG) has established the service to provide accessible, affordable care during non-traditional hours to both existing patients, and to individuals who may be new to the practice and who do not have a regular physician.

After Hours Care in Petaluma is staffed with a team of health care experts capable of treating the full range of illnesses a typical primary care office would treat, including conditions such as:

  • Cold and flu symptoms
  • Sore throat, ear or sinus infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Mild asthma and allergies
  • Fever or rash
  • Minor cuts and burns
  • Sprains and minor injuries

Additional benefits to patients include:

  • Same-day and walk-in appointments in a warm, welcoming environment, with convenient parking.
  • Less expensive care with shorter wait times than a trip to a hospital Emergency Room.
  • Seamless transfer and access to patients’ medical records between the After Hours clinic and other SJHMG physicians, if follow-up care is needed.
  • A destination for new patients with an opportunity to link them to a long-term medical home.
  • Proximity to a 24-hour pharmacy, which is operated by CVS, just down the street in the Target shopping plaza.

This is the fourth such office SJHMG has opened in Sonoma County, following other After Hours Care offices which have been operated successfully in Santa Rosa, Windsor and Sebastopol.

“We established After Hours Care services as an extension of the primary care experience by providing care during evenings and weekends because we know illnesses don’t just happen during daylight hours,” said James DeVore, MD, Medical Director for St. Joseph Health Medical Group. “In addition, we want to be a resource for the Petaluma community by helping patients who may not have a medical home find and connect with a primary care physician.”

Prior to the After Hours Care service in Petaluma, community members had little or no resources for health care locally after 5 p.m. “The emergency room was the only option so there has been a need for this type of service in Petaluma for some time,” added Dr. DeVore.

To learn more about the Petaluma After Hours Care service, call (707) 790-8064 or visit www.StJosephHealthMedicalGroup.com.

Since its beginnings in Santa Rosa, CA in 2008 with the launch of Annadel Medical Group, St. Joseph Health Heritage Healthcare in Northern California has grown to 243 providers and approximately 500 support staff across 70+ locations in Sonoma, Napa and Humboldt counties.

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