A merger of sorts is closing Indiana Regional Medical Center’s UrgiCare center on its White Township campus in favor of a jointly run operation with MedExpress at its existing clinic at 2128 Oakland Ave., White Township.

In a press release issued this morning, IRMC said it and MedExpress, a multi-state neighborhood health care provider, are collaborating to coordinate care between the MedExpress center on Oakland Avenue and IRMC’s hospital, specialty and outpatient services.

“We know how important it is that our patients have access to the right care at the right place and the right time, and our partnership with MedExpress allows us to do just that,” IRMC President and CEO Stephen A. Wolfe said. “Patients will benefit from a more seamless continuum of care between IRMC and MedExpress, from beginning to end.”

The jointly owned center, located at 2128 Oakland Ave., will enable MedExpress patients to easily seek more advanced or specialty health care services at IRMC, if needed, while always honoring patient choice. In turn, MedExpress’ neighborhood medical center can serve as an extension of the services available at IRMC by offering a broad scope of walk-in urgent care, virtual visits, as well as employer health services and basic wellness and prevention services.

Also, as has been posted on the MedExpress website, the White Township MedExpress is a designated COVID-19 testing location.

“This new relationship aims to serve the best interests of Indiana County patients and the community and affirms IRMC’s and MedExpress’ shared commitment to community-based, patient-centered care,” MedExpress President Dean Hatcher said. “We believe this is a great example of how local health care organizations can work together to enhance quality, increase access and convenience, lower costs and create coordinated patient experiences.”

MedExpress centers are open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to care for everyday illness and injury, as well as provide more advanced services including X-rays, labs, minor surgery, stitches and treatment for broken bones sprains or strains.

Meanwhile, IRMC will continue to operate its UrgiCare center at Chestnut Ridge, 25 Colony Blvd., Burrell Township, to serve the Blairsville community. It also operates daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.