By Carrie C. Causey
Wake Weekly Staff Writer
Franklin County now has new facilities to treat all of those and more. Over the past few months new health care facilities have been popping up, including two urgent care facilities in Youngsville, a chiropractic and rehab office in Youngsville and a new geriatric psychology wing at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg.
Joe Jones, chairman of the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce was around to welcome nearly all of them and the new opportunities they bring to the area by giving residents better access for their health care needs.
“In the 16 years I’ve been here, people in Youngsville have had to go to Raleigh,” Jones said, following Tuesday’s county chamber and Youngsville Area Business Association ribbon-cutting at MedAccess Urgent Care, 700 U.S. 1, Youngsville.“ Now there are more options for intermediate care, emergency care or long term care, so I’m very excited.”
Jones said it may seem like the other new facilities, like A Plus Urgent Care, 127 E. Main St., Youngsville, which opened in September, would be in competition but that’s not the case.
“They are all totally needed,” Jones said of fulfilling the needs of growing Youngsville and the county as a whole.
Multifaceted health care
Dr. Matthew Mullen of Wake Forest said it was a dream of his to open a new MedAccess facility in addition to the MedAccess in Roxboro.
The new facility on U.S. 1 is a perfect location, he said, that is convenient from Roxboro, where patients are still coming from, as well as its proximity to Youngsville and Wake Forest.
“The closest emergency room is WakeMed North … or the hospital in Louisburg. We are in the middle of the geographic area,” Mullen said.
He also hopes the facility may prevent people from having to call for ambulances or wait in lines for the emergency room as the new urgent care can treat acute problems such as illness and injury.
Mullen is joined by Evan Dapo of Youngsville, and Drs. Kimberly Yarborough and Dan Phillips of Roxboro. The facility has 10 exam rooms, an onsite lab, X-ray and small pharmacy.
They can treat colds, flu, broken bones, lacerations, trouble breathing, dehydration and administer general physical exams.
“If someone is in a car accident and is not transported, we have everything an emergency room has except machines like a CAT scan,” Mullen said. “But we can do blood work, urine, EKG and do internal workups for acute illness.”
Since its official opening Dec. 1, Mullen said they have seen a lot of flu and similar illnesses, broken bones and eye injuries.
But MedAccess is also building relationships with another new healthcare facility which opened right next door, the Youngsville Chiropractic and Rehab Center.
Mullen said for those who have been in a car accident, patients can go next door for short-term physical therapy or problems with back and neck pain.
“This streamlines the whole process,” he said.
Dr. Jacob McNair of Youngsville Chiropractic and Rehab is also happy with the potential relationship. The facility had its soft opening last week and is officially open for business, though the grand opening is slated for January.
McNair, a Nebraska native, had a clinic in Washington, N.C., before moving here a few weeks ago. He is joined at the facility by Dr. Matt Osborne of Rolesville and Dr. Eric Askeland of Raleigh. They can help patients with chiropractic needs, acupuncture and rehab.
“This is a really good location because of the multidisciplinary approach,” McNair said. “In case I can’t treat them we can send them [to the chiropractic office].”
The facility will take patients to help with chiropractic medicine, functional movement systems, nutrition and soft tissue rehabilitation and acupuncture.
“This is a nice community and the Youngsville area is growing— the Triangle area is blowing up, “ McNair said of why it is a good location.
Short-term geriatric care
Thursday, business leaders also welcomed the completion of the new geriatric behavior health unit of Novant’s Franklin Regional Medical Center in the heart of Louisburg with a ribbon cutting.
The facility features a 13-bed wing to provide temporary care for patients older than 55 suffering from mental disorders, including dementia, depression and anxiety.
Among the care offered at the facilities like the one being constructed are psychiatric evaluations, psychosocial evaluations, counseling, better monitoring of drug dosages and side effects, recreation therapies, aftercare referrals, plus personal care 24 hours a day.
The 7,500-square-foot space is a $2.8 million investment in the community and is expected to bring 20 jobs to Franklin County when fully staffed.
Patients won’t have to be treated at the emergency room and will have round-the-clock care.
The facility will be open to patients Jan. 1.