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Hospital disputes urgent care rumors

Harrison Hospital President and CEO Scott Bosch said Tuesday that reports alleging Harrison’s Urgent Care Center in Port Orchard is set to close this spring are false.

“There will be a change in the business model,” Bosch said. “However, there will be a continuation of some walk-in business.”

Bosch replaced Dave Gitch, who retired last fall after 13 years at Harrison.

He is Harrison’s third chief executive in 43 years.

Bosch said his goal was to ultimately provide a primary care network in South Kitsap, equipped with both primary care physicians and continuous service.

He said the model currently under advisement includes both a family physician practice and a “walk-in element.”

As for whether the Urgent Care Center would be closing in May, Bosch was unclear.

“Not necessarily, but we’re not prepared to talk about it,” Bosch said. “If (a story like that runs) it will be inaccurate.”

Bosch said he intends to provide South Kitsap and Port Orchard with the best care possible. He added that plans have not yet been finalized.

“Harrison will continue to have a strong presence in Port Orchard,” Bosch said.

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