Urgent care move coming Sunday

Urgent care move coming Sunday

EUGENE, Ore. - Elizabeth Clark knows the downtown urgent care pretty well.

"I've had to use this facility a few times," she said. "I've had six children."

Clark lives in Northwest Eugene, and she's not looking forward to heading to RiverBend.

"I'll have to just go further and it won't be quite as convenient," she said. "And the buses run here and it just seems pretty easy to come here."

Clark's intersection at Roosevelt Road and Highway 99 is a little more than three miles from the urgent care at 11th and Willamette. The new location in Springfield is almost 10 miles away.

But Kathi Levell, Peace Health's Executive Director of Planning, said there's a reason Sacred Heart chose the site on the McKenzie.

This location serves a greater population for both Springfield and Eugene," she said.

Still, concerns linger -- especially for the elderly who live downtown.

"They would have to go all the way out there; that doesn't make much sense," said Angharad Llewellyn when asked about the move. "Especially considering they may have limited transportation."

Levell said there is "good bus service" at the new Sacred Heart.

But how does it compare? From the Eugene LTD station, you can actually see the downtown urgent care a block away. A bus ride from Clark's neighborhood takes about 16 minutes.

But with the move to Riverbend, you've got to hop on the number 12 bus, and that ride can take up to half an hour from downtown.

Levell says it's worth it, and that the new building is better equipped for patients than the old one.

"We're looking at this as an opportunity," she said. "You know the bottom line here is that Peace Health really wants to be able to provide the appropriate health care services for the community."

Levell also said there's no concern about leaving Eugene without an urgent care. Still, she said Peace Health is looking into a site for urgent care in West Eugene. 

She said more details will be availabe in a few weeks.