Beginning June 6th 2019, U.S. Veterans no longer have to wait to get care for minor medical conditions. Under the new Veterans Affairs Department’s Mission Act, the St. Joseph’s/Candler Urgent Care clinics will now be able to treat veterans on a walk-in basis. No appointment is ever necessary.
Minor medical conditions include (but are not limited to): flu-like symptoms, strep throat, minor burns, pink eye, ear/skin infections, x-rays, lab testing and medications.
St. Joseph’s/Candler Urgent Care Medical Director, Dr. Stephen Pohl says, “It’s an honor to serve those who’ve bravely served this country.” He goes on to say, “I look forward to being able to offer vets quick, easy, and convenient access to quality medical care.”
Veterans can now arrive at St. Joseph’s/Candler Urgent Care and simply let the clinic know they would like to use their VA Urgent Care benefits. The clinic will then confirm Veteran eligibility before providing care. Before the new law took effect, the VA would pay for private care only when veterans had to drive more than 40 miles or wait more than 30 days for a VA appointment.
St. Joseph’s/Candler Urgent Care operates 7 days a week, opening at 9AM Monday – Saturday. The St. Joseph’s/Candler Urgent Care clinics are a modern, state-of-the art facility providing walk-in care for minor illnesses and injuries seven days a week, including holidays. Licensed providers are available to perform procedures like splinting and suturing, in addition to being equipped with digital x-ray, laboratory services and an electronic medical records (EMR) system.
With 7 convenient locations in Bluffton, Savannah, Hinesville, Pooler, Rincon and Statesboro, the St. Joseph’s/Candler Urgent Care clinics operate as seamless extensions of the St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System.