Putting in the Overtime MCOvertime Injury Clinic
April 02, 2018
By Alexander Germanis
Most of us live our lives according to schedules. We go to work at specified times, wake according to the time we set on the alarm clock, and even catch the latest movie or sporting event based on a predetermined time.
Unfortunately, most negative experiences in our lives don’t follow a schedule. Injuries, for instance, can happen at any time and they are never convenient. CEO of McLean County Orthopedics Jim Schaefer points out there are certainly great prompt care clinics and emergency departments in Bloomington-Normal, “But many times, when you go into a more general emergent care facility,” he says, “they assess the patient’s injury or medical condition and end up referring them to a specialist here.”
Having ready access to those specialists is what often frustrates most patients when an activity or sports-related injury occurs, Jim indicates, especially in communities where sports activities and active lifestyles are promoted and encouraged. That is why McLean County Orthopedics Overtime Injury Clinic, or MCOvertime as it is also known, was started.
“The Overtime Injury Clinic gives that direct access to orthopedic, sports medicine, physical therapy as well as pain management services,” Jim continues. “Here we are focused on orthopedic or musculoskeletal related injuries, strains, sprains, and pains. The overtime clinic allows people to walk in and see a professional who specializes in this particular area.”
Right now, the clinic is open from 2pm to 7pm, Monday through Friday and 9am to 12pm on Saturdays. Jim says the community’s response to the clinic has been overwhelmingly positive and they are therefore looking to expand their hours even more in the near future. “We’re going to be opening it from 9am to 9pm, Monday through Friday and 9am to 2pm on Saturday, with perhaps Sunday hours too in the future.”
The most important goal in caring for a patient with an injury, is to quickly identify and initiate treatment of any potentially life-threatening problems or conditions that could develop into complications later on. “While many injuries that require orthopedic intervention are usually not life-threatening, we have had patients who have come here with very severe injuries and have had situations when we have scheduled surgery that same day, or within 24 hours,” Jim adds. “When an injury occurs, no one actually wants to wait to get it taken care of.”
At MCOvertime, a patient will receive some measure of relief the very day they walk into the clinic, whether it is through stabilizing a patient’s injury or condition, setting a break, or performing some other form of treatment. “If the patient needs to see an orthopedic specialist, we’ll make sure they’re scheduled as soon as possible—many times the same day,” Jim assures. The policy at MCOvertime is to not make a patient wait any longer than they have to.”
For those who do not require immediate surgery, there are still the physical therapy and pain management options. Just as with the orthopedic surgeons, pain management doctors and physical therapists are available in the clinic each day.
The hometown familiarity is not lacking at MCOvertime either. “Because this is a smaller community, many times patients come in and request a certain physician because they’ve had a family history with them or maybe they’ve had a previous condition treated by that same surgeon,” Jim states. “If they request a specific surgeon, then we will make sure the patient is scheduled with that surgeon quickly — sometimes even on the same day if the surgeon happens to be in the clinic that day.”
“The Overtime Injury Clinic also allows some of our young athletes to have a walk-in arrangement where they might be injured on a weekend or during a Thursday night or Friday night game,” Jim says. “They can come in right away and be seen. We’re really trying to work with a lot of the area school programs and community sports organizations to let them know this service is available.”
In an ever more complicated healthcare environment, Jim firmly states MCOvertime’s importance: “The Overtime Injury Clinic is one of the most important services that we provide, because it creates immediate access to the most appropriate care for our patients.”
MCOvertime injury clinic is located within McLean County Orthopedics at 1111 Trinity Lane in Bloomington. For more information, you may call 309-663-6461 or visit them online at www.McleanCountyOrthopedics.com.
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