Pioneer Community Hospital of Stokes to convert King ER into urgent care facility
The Stokes News reports that Pioneer Community Hospital will not go forward with its plans to have the King 24-hour emergency room, instead choosing to change it into an urgent care facility. System-wide Director of Hospital Operations Paul Gardner is quoted, “We are trying to be proactive and address issues before they fester and get bad, …Anybody that presents to an emergency room, you have to provide them with a medical evaluation. So they come and abuse that to get prescriptions refilled. There are a lot of people who truly cannot pay, but there are a lot of people who abuse this”. Mr. Gardner describes how 30% of King ER patients did not have insurance, causing payment problems; Mr. Gardner believes an urgent care facility to be the solution to this problem.