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UrgentCare Express in Oxford is Harrington’s newest jewel

UrgentCare Express in Oxford is Harrington’s newest jewel

By Rod Lee

The sea of people that gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Harrington Memorial Hospital’s new UrgentCare Express at Harrington facility in Oxford the morning of November 16th included one who could have been described as easily the most excited of all.

That would be Harrington President/CEO Edward H. Moore.

“This facility is 5000 square feet and will have 11 exam rooms, X-ray and phlebotomy staff with ER physicians and nurse practitioners as volume dictates,” Mr. Moore, radiating delight, said before the event began. “It’s meeting a great need with no wait to speak of and not high costs. It will eventually draw not just from the immediate area but from Connecticut. It’s the best of all worlds. Convenient location (directly opposite the Market Basket/Home Depot plaza with quick access to I-395 north and south), state of the art facility, people will feel like we care about them!”

For the SUNY Binghamton and George Washington University-educated Mr. Moore, who succeeded Richard M. Mangion as Harrington’s president/CEO in 2007, UrgentCare Express, at 76 Sutton St. in Oxford, squares with his objectives upon coming to Southbridge after a stint as administrator at MetroWest Medical’s Leonard Morse campus in Natick: physician recruitment, enhancing the hospital’s technological capabilities and maintaining Harrington’s reputation for high-quality health care.

UrgentCare Express also builds on what Harrington has already achieved with a similar center in Charlton, where up to 59 patients per day (“incredible,” he said) are being seen (still to come in the near future, Mr. Moore added, is in-patient and outpatient treatment to stem the opioid crisis, in Webster).

“We have been studying this site for three to four years,” Mr. Moore told those who assembled in front of the building for the ceremony. “We decided a year ago to go ahead, based on our success in Charlton. We will probably see 50 to 60 patients a day here. It is the best possible model of care for the community.”

“Monday is going to be crazy!” Dr. Josh Flanagan said of November 21st, when UrgentCare Express was to begin receiving patients (after a community open house that was to be held on the 19th). Dr. Flanagan mentioned himself and colleagues Dr. Robert F. Mccarron and PA Sarah Ducharme as some of the “new faces and old faces” who will be staffing the facility.

In joining representatives from Congressman McGovern’s and State Rep. Joe McKenna’s offices, the Webster Dudley Business Alliance and Oxford Town Manager Brian Palaia in offering congratulations, Sen. Ryan Fattman, cradling his five-month-old daughter Hadley in his arms (“my wife and I take turns, it’s my day”) said “I might check in for sleep deprivation!”

Contact Rod Lee at [email protected] or 774-232-2999.