Memorial Hospital's Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) strive to provide the best quality care possible this is why they are transitioning to a team-based approach.
Starting, February 12, 2024, the RHCs are moving to a paired system, meaning each physician is paired with an Advanced Practice Provider (APP); Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant. The pair works TOGETHER as a team to ensure your needs are being met with the same consistent providers every time you visit the clinic. Having a team approach allows for more patients to be seen, for collaboration in care and continuity of services.
If you are unable to see your doctor on the day you need to, you will be scheduled with their APP partner. This allows staff to get you in as soon as possible with the appropriate provider who is familiar with your unique health needs.
By ensuring you see the same providers every time you visit, you can have the confidence knowing that they are knowledgeable about your health history. The APP and physician work together and collaborate on your care plan. You now have a TEAM of professionals assessing your needs.
What does this mean regarding scheduling my appointment?
If your Primary Care Provider (PCP) does not have an opening, and their APP does, then you can be scheduled with them that same day.
If your PCP and APP schedules are both full or if they are off that day, you can schedule an appointment with another APP for same-day, acute issues. If a same-day appointment is not necessary, you are welcome to schedule a future appointment with your PCP or APP.
If you have questions regarding this team approach to your healthcare, please contact one of the Rural Health Locations; in Chester 618-826-2388 or in Steeleville 618-965-3382