October 22, 2021

Accessible health care

Health clinic construction underway in Cortlandville

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

A crew works Wednesday on a WellNow Urgent Care facility on Groton Avenue in Cortlandville. The walk-in facility will provide basic services, similar to clinics a mile or so north.

A non-emergency health care clinic is coming to Cortlandville as construction is underway for a WellNow Urgent Care facility on Groton Avenue near routes 222 and 281.

The facility, south of Groton Avenue and immediately east of the Burger King, will be approximately 3,531 square feet, according to Cortland County Planning Department documents.

Additionally, 29 parking spaces would be created.

The center will provide walk-in service for non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses such as sprains, burns, lacerations, colds and allergies, Annie Keller, the manager of public relations for WellNow Urgent Care, said in an email. The facility will also provide on-site X-rays, lab testing and physicals along with COVID-19 testing.

Construction is expected to be completed in December and the center is expected to open in early 2022, she said.

“We recognized there was a need and opportunity to provide residents with greater access to quality care with shorter wait times, walk-in service and lower costs than the traditional emergency room,” Keller said. “As most people have experienced at some point, illnesses and injuries always seem to happen at the most inconvenient times, including over the weekend. We want to make it easier for patients to get the treatment they need quickly, close to where they live and work, so they can get back to their lives instead of waiting for hours in an emergency room or delaying care.”

WellNow Urgent Care is an independent provider based in Chicago, according to the company’s website.

The facility will join nearby urgent care centers run by Cayuga Medical on Commons Avenue and one by Guthrie on West Road. Both are less than a mile from the WellNow location.

The project was approved by the town planning board about a year ago, said Bruce Weber, the zoning and planning officer for Cortlandville.

Cortlandville Town Supervisor Tom Williams said having another health clinic in the town or nearby is a benefit with the county’s large Baby Boomer population reaching its elder years, similar to what is being seen nationally.

“So I’m thinking healthcare facilities are a good thing,” he said.

Williams also noted the facility’s location — about a mile — from SUNY Cortland is a plus for college students. It is also walkable with sidewalks on streets leading from the college.

The college has its own health facility, but it typically requires appointments and closes by 4 p.m.