PROVIDENCE, RI, September 6, 2017 – Ortho RI, Rhode Island's largest orthopedic care provider, offers patients with orthopedic injuries a better alternative to care through its Ortho RI Express immediate care centers. With fall sports just starting and winter around the corner, injuries needing immediate attention are bound to happen.
"When a patient gets injured, whether in soccer practice or slipping on the ice, often the only care option involves long waits at the emergency room or urgent care center," said Michael Bradley, MD,President and CEO of Ortho RI. "But they are not staffed with orthopedists so patients are often referred out for specialized care. The result is more long waits, extra fees and copays and delayed care."
Ortho RI Express offers an alternative: immediate care from orthopedic specialists for acutesituations, available after hours and on Saturday. All four locations are staffed with Ortho RI physicians and physician assistants, with an orthopedic surgeon on call at all times. Patients benefit from their better understanding of orthopedic injuries and faster care. An Ortho RI visit is billed as a specialist office visit instead of the higher emergency room or urgent care visit.
"Ortho RI Express eliminates unnecessary emergency room visits for sprains, strains and fractures," Bradley said. "With fall school sports just beginning, the timing couldn't be better to remind families there is a one-stop, lower-cost, better-care alternative."
There are Ortho RI Express locations in Providence, Pawtucket, Warwick and Wakefield. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with evening hours 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday hours 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at select locations. Patients may call ahead as soon as the injury occurs and be seen within 15 minutes of their appointment time. The number is 401-777-7000.
Learn more at orthopedicsri.com/ortho-ri-express