Urgent care center reported to be closing

Port Orchard’s Urgent Care Center operated by Harrison Memorial Hospital could soon close as a result of the center’s inadequate profits, said sources closely affiliated with the hospital.

The center, a part of the South Kitsap Healthcare Campus on South Kitsap Boulevard, has offered South Kitsap residents urgent care for non-life-threatening emergencies since 1995.

Open daily and after hours until 9 p.m., the center provides X-rays, a lab work, EKG testing, rehabilitation care and Harrison Home Health services, as well as the stitching of wounds, the treatment of broken bones and other minor emergencies services.

The Urgent Care Center’s closure was confirmed by three sources, each requesting anonymity.

“(Hospital administrators) had a meeting with staff (last) Wednesday and they said not to say anything,” one source familiar with the situation said. “They for sure want to close it at the end of May.”

According to the source, the Urgent Care Center will most likely be changed to a family practice service that will be loosely affiliated with Harrison.

The source said Harrison lost approximately $600,000 over the last year on the Urgent Care Center and that is one of the reasons they decided to make the switch.

“Where are people going to go?” the source wondered.

If the Urgent Care Center in Port Orchard is closed, patients would be forced to travel to Bremerton or Gig Harbor to receive care.

Harrison Hospital spokesperson Patti Hart denies any final decisions have been made.

“What I can tell you is that we are considering making some changes around that campus to better serve the South Kitsap community,” Hart said.

She added that plans should be finalized within the month.

“Nothing’s firm right now,” she said.

Harrison Hospital President and CEO Scott Bosch and Dr. Luke Magnotto, director of Port Orchard Urgent Care Center, did not return phone calls Monday.

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