22/07/2024

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South Euclid’s Marc’s Plaza to get urgent care facility, pet hospital

South Euclid’s Marc’s Plaza to get urgent care facility, pet hospital

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — The city will soon be welcoming a new medical care facility to Marc’s Plaza after City Council approved a conditional use permit Monday (Feb. 27) for Next Door Urgent Care to operate at 4515 Mayfield Road.

“This is something that is really, really needed,” Council President Ruth Gray said after hearing a presentation from two physician’s assistants representing Goodpartners Medical Services LLC, who are opening their first urgent care facility.

Mayor Georgine Welo added that the city hasn’t had an urgent care facility for many years, since one was operated out of University Suburban Medical Center on South Green Road.

Welo said the facility would benefit residents, as well as Notre Dame College. She suggested that the Next Door partners meet with the dean of students at Notre Dame College.

“I know they (NDC) really wanted something like this, if we (the city) could deliver it. They’ll be happy; our seniors will be happy. Everybody will be happy,” Welo said.

Next Door Urgent Care will move into half of the space that was formerly occupied by the Just a Buck store, which closed about a year ago.

Director of Planning and Development Michael Love said Marc’s Plaza’s owner, Canton’s Deville Developments, plans to divide the 6,000-square-foot former Just a Buck storefront into two 3,000-square-foot storefronts. It is now seeking a tenant for the remaining 3,000 square feet.

“There’ll be a hallway down the center and (patient care) rooms on either side,” said physician’s assistant Dylan Kadow, one of the business’ partners, in describing the site’s layout. “There’ll be a lobby out front with snacks and refreshments and a fish tank.

“We’ll have five exam rooms, one pediatric room, a radiology room with general X-rays, four restrooms — one of them is for drug testing.

“We’ll be open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The consulting service that we use offers an app and different services that allows people to see what the (waiting) line is before they even get there.”

Kadow said such efficiencies will allow for less waiting and fewer cars in the busy parking lot shared with Marc’s.

The partners said that for patients with insurance, the cost for a visit will generally be $40 or less, and about $100 for those who aren’t insured.

Next Door was attracted to the location because there is a 70 percent private insurance rate among area residents — 80 percent when those with Medicaid or Medicare are included. They also liked the fact that there are about 32,000 residents within a 1.5-mile radius.

Next Door will provide physicals for young athletes to make sure they don’t have underlying conditions that would prevent them from participating in sports, and will do Department of Transportation exams for truck drivers, as well as other occupational therapy services.

In the event of a medical emergency, Kadow said the seven partners — all of whom are doctors, physician’s assistants or nurse practitioners — are certified to stabilize patients as they await 911 care or transportation to a hospital.

Next Door, among other things, will also care for those with more ordinary illnesses, such as the flu, and will offer vaccines.

Next Door Urgent Care is planning to start construction to renovate its storefront in April, with a goal to open in early summer.

Also at Marc’s Plaza, Love said the storefront that was home to pet store Pet Valu until its closing a couple of years ago will soon host a veterinary clinic.

Banfield Pet Hospital is a national chain of veterinary clinics. Love said Banfield will likely open in about six months.

Food truck park

City Council took another step in reaching Welo’s goal of opening the city’s food truck park by early June at the municipally owned property off Rushton Road, behind McDonald’s at 4500 Mayfield Road.

Council approved legislation Monday that will have the city seek bids for construction of a pavilion.

Parks & Recreation Director Daniel Subwick said that, while specifications for the pavilion have yet to be set, he is estimating that the pavilion will measure about 2,000 square feet. It is estimated the cost will be between $60,000 and $75,000.

“We have to prepare the site first before we put a structure on it,” Subwick said. “Construction will start as soon as the weather breaks. We’re planning to open the park June 9.”

An outdoor city-sponsored Intersection public party event will take place at the site June 9.

The pavilion will include a seating area for diners and a stage for live entertainment. The food truck park will be open Thursdays through Sundays through Aug. 13.

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