Emergicare clinic, offices being built on Bijou Street

       The Westside is getting an Emergicare.
       Construction is underway on a two-story building on about three-fourths of an acre at 402 W. Bijou St. that will house a walk-in medical facility on the first floor and the company's corporate offices on the second floor.
       The tentative opening date is Aug. 1. Manned by two board-certified physicians, the privately owned facility will be open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
       “It's going to be the showplace for Emergicare,” said Mary Sanchez, the company's clinic administrator, whose office will be in the new building.
       The company currently has three clinics in Colorado Springs and one in Pueblo. Emergicare offers an alternative to hospital emergency rooms or regular doctor's offices.
       “There is nothing on the Westside now for urgent-care facilities,” Sanchez observed. As the health provider for the Triple Crown of Running, the company was made keenly aware of this fact last year during the Pikes Pike Ascent race, when runners with laceration injuries had to be transported to facilities on the east side of town, she pointed out.
       As for non-urgencies, she noted that people without a regular doctor do not need appointments; they can walk in and be treated for various health needs in order of their arrival.
       Formerly the site of a blood bank, Emergicare's new location is being refabricated and reinforced to allow a second story on what was originally a one-story structure, built in 1983. The façade will have a Santa Fe adobe style. “It will be a total remodel, inside and out,” explained Fred Robinson, owner of Robinson Construction, which has the contract for the project. Emergicare bought both the land and the building in 2004. The ownership is in the name of “Bijou Street LLC.”
       The business was started more than 25 years ago by Dr. Robert Hamilton, an emergency room doctor who believed that stand-alone clinics could relieve the pressure on hospital emergency rooms, Sanchez said.
       The new clinic is on the north side of Bijou, between Spruce and Walnut streets.
       “Folks have been asking us to come to the Westside for some time,” she said. “But we never found anything. Dr. Hamilton is a believer that you should buy your own building; then you have a commitment. We've been looking for several years.”

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