Dr. Jim Ellis described a Friday night scenario to Steadman Hawkins associates where an injured high school player could come to MD360 for an emergency X-ray, it diagnosed to be a bruise, sent back to the stadium and into the game to resume play.
The traditional ribbon cutting ceremony for Greer’s MD360 Convenient Care was held in GreerToday across from Riverside High School. From the left: Susan Mullinax, Administration Coordinator; Dr. James Taylor II, resident physician; Robin O’Connell, MD360 Office Manager; Dr. Jim Ellis, MD360 Medical Director, Jennifer Turner, Greer Clinical Manager; Dr. Chelsea Burgin, resident physician; and Allen Smith, president and CEO Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce.
Lana Robinson, a physician liaison, and Tom Finch, the front desk associate, are part of the Proaxis physical therapy staff at the new MD360.
The nurses and doctor's station includes view from the front and sides that makes availabiity for patients to interact for followup questions or advice.
Part of the staff mugged for photographers during today's ribbon cutting, open house, tours and free refreshments. MD360 opens Tuesday morning at 6 a.m.
“I can see that happening and the player going back into the game and playing, depending when he was injured, when he gets back to the game and if he can tolerate the pain,” Ellis said.
Ellis, the medical director for all MD360 Convenient Care under the Greenville Hospital System banner, has seen that play out in his role as emergency physician for the Atlanta Falcons and an NFL coordinator for medical care for teams in the Super Bowl.
The occasion in GreerToday was the ribbon cutting and tours at the new MD360 Convenient Care at 1305 S. Suber Road, across from Riverside High School. The facility handles urgent care, sports injuries, cuts and everyday illnesses, on-site lab and X-ray studies and Proaxis physical therapy. It opens Tuesday. GreerToday.com previewed MD360 last week.
“It’s no coincidence we’re across from the high school,” Ellis said. “It’s a big (4A) high school and has a lot of activity. We’re close to Greer from all directions and we provide service after regular doctor hours are over.”
Ellis said the goal at MD360 is to serve 10,000 visits during the first year. Simpsonville MD360 is averaging 22,000 and Verdae is averaging 18,000. Serving 35-40 people a day is the goal.
MD360 came about, said Ellis, when studies showed 65 percent of the patients visiting emergency rooms were after regular doctors hours. It is focused on treatment of injuries or conditions that are non-life threatening. “We’re not a complete ER but we can do some procedures. We suggest people visit our website to see what we can handle,” Ellis said.
The convenience for MD360 is practicing occupational medicine and access to e-prescriptions and e-medical records outside of regular doctor hours. “That’s why we extended our hours out. (Monday through Friday 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday noon – 6 p.m.). People who work the second shift can receive medical care,” Ellis said.
Physicals are routinely offered for employees getting into or within the workforce, department of transportation, colleges and high schools. Tetanus and meningitis vaccinations are also available.
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