Ballad will open a new Ballad Health Medical Associates urgent care center, including the addition of primary care and diagnostics, in Kingsport, as well as a new urgent care center in Banner Elk, North Carolina.
The Kingsport clinic will offer primary, urgent and diagnostic care services. Subject to final closing on a site in the West Park development at the corner of West Stone Drive and Netherland Inn Road, near the Allandale community, Ballad will begin construction on the facility with an expected opening in early 2021.
While the health system’s hospitals and outpatient services in Tennessee and Virginia currently serve patients from Ashe, Avery, Madison, Mitchell, Watauga and Yancey counties in North Carolina, the opening of the Banner Elk urgent care center would be Ballad’s first service location in the Tarheel State.
“While many rural communities continue to experience the loss of access due to hospital closures and flight from rural regions, Ballad Health is investing in the region surrounding our tertiary referral hospitals,” said Ballad Health Chairman and CEO Alan Levine. “This investment is in addition to the nearly 200 new providers Ballad Health has recruited to the Appalachian Highlands region.”
“Ballad Health has been focused on reducing the cost of healthcare, and one way we are doing this is by promoting alternatives to expensive emergency room care and ensuring there is access, so patients do not have to travel too far to receive care,” said Dr. Mark Patterson, president of Ballad Health Medical Associates. “We want to be more proactive in preventing simple illnesses from compounding into serious ailments that require emergency treatment.”
In Banner Elk, Ballad Health was invited by the community to open an urgent care center, where access to care is not always available nearby. More details on the location will be announced in the coming months before its planned opening this summer.