In New York City, new urgent-care centers are being built to meet demand after the shuttering of several hospitals. With the closing of St. Vincent's Hospital, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and Lenox Hill Hospital are opening an urgent-care center next month at 121-A W. 20th St. It will temporarily be located in 3,625 square feet of cellar space currently occupied by Village Care of New York. The urgent-care center will occupy the space from 7 p.m. through 8 a.m., after Village Care ends its daily hours of operation. The two will never be open at the same time.
In November, North Shore-LIJ opened a $4.2 million, 6,675-square-foot urgent-care center on the site of a former St. John's Hospital-Queens clinic in the Rego Park section of Queens. The center has eight exam rooms; diagnostic equipment, including imaging and electrocardiogram devices; and laboratories. It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, with shorter hours on weekends. The health system says the center should take the stress off its busy Forest Hills Hospital emergency department, where visits have spiked by 40% since the closures of St. Johns and Mary Immaculate hospitals.