Cape Cod Healthcare opens urgent care center in Orleans

While it may not have looked it on the outside, the urgent care center in the brand new Orleans Medical Building at 42 Route 6A opened Saturday.

The center, one of six run by Cape Cod Healthcare, will be open seasonally from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. It is expected to be open at least until Columbus Day and perhaps beyond to Thanksgiving depending on business.

The building is 6,200 square feet and while the landscaping, signage and final touches are unfinished, the doors will be open and the staff ready and awaiting their first patients.

A worker puts some of the finishing touches on the Orleans Medical Building that will house the new urgent care center.

“We’re making a final push,” Executive Director of Urgent Care Services Joseph Camelio said June 30.

The building sits where the Lobster Claw Restaurant used to be, between the Bangkok Cuisine restaurant and the Nauset Fish and Lobster Pool. Access and parking is in the back which is where the ambulance bay is as well. When you enter the door, primary care is to the left and urgent care to the right. The primary care wing won’t open until later in the year, but once it does, it will be year round.

Camelio said they expect to be busy from the get go, opening as they are on the July 4 weekend.

“We expect to see 100 patients a day,” he said. “We expect it to ramp up quick. With the reputation of Cape Cod Healthcare, people know they’ll get quality care. That’s a big factor. ”

Joseph Camelio, executive director of urgent care services, in the new procedure room at the new Urgent Care Center in Orleans which opened Saturday.

The Fontaine Outpatient Center in Harwich can see 180 patients a day so this could lessen the crush there while also drawing in new customers from Eastham and Wellfleet.

Working with Orleans ambulance

“We work with the departments to ease the impact,” Camelio said. “We go to them anytime we open a center. Often times they like it. When (the ambulances) come to us the patients are all bundled up and they are easier to transport.”


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