Libertyville center new option for injured
MidAmerica Orthopaedics medical assistant Mayra Ceja of Mundelein and Dr. Gregory Crovetti demonstrate putting a cast on his son, 11-year-old Kincer, at the Orthopaedic Immediate Care Clinic, where patients can be seen immediately by a specialist at the t
Immediate Care Clinic at MidAmerican Orthopaedics
SPECIALTY: Meet the
emergency needs of
families and individuals with orthopaedic injuries
LOCATION: 1419 Peterson Road, Libertyville
HOURS: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays
CONTACT: (855) 469-4263; www.midamericaortho.com
Updated: October 7, 2012 6:13AM
LIBERTYVILLE — Breaking an ankle during a softball game or smashing a finger while building a backyard deck no longer requires a trip to the emergency room.
The Orthopaedic Immediate Care Clinic in Libertyville can help injured individuals on a walk-in, as-needed basis. Patients will see an orthopaedics specialist immediately, avoiding the long wait usually associated with a hospital emergency room or visiting a primary care physician for a later referral to a specialist.
“From the second they come in, we can X-ray them, sew them up, take care of musculoskeletal minor wounds, fractures, strains, sprains, back and neck injuries from a car accident — we can see them from the get-go,” said Dr. Gregory Crovetti, director of the Orthopaedic Immediate Care Center in Libertyville.
MidAmerica Orthopaedics moved from its former location near Advocate Condell Medical Center to a 3,500-square-foot space at 1419 Peterson Road. The new location combines an orthopaedic specialists’ office with an immediate-care option.
The new center opened in June and already plans are in the works for an additional 3,000-square-foot build-out to provide onsite occupational therapy and eventually other types of therapies as well as a sterile suite to complete minor procedures.
“We’re in the final stages of the floor plan and anticipate that to be up and running within three to five months,” Regional Practice Manager Gerald Gomez said of the next expansion.
Dr. Crovetti said providing immediate orthopaedic care has several benefits.
“Immediate care offloads the ER to do what it is supposed to be doing, taking care of people with true emergencies like stroke, heart attack and gunshot wounds, not a small laceration or aches and pains,” Dr. Crovetti said. Immediate care also saves on the cost of an ER visit, a follow-up with a primary-care physician and later a specialist, he said.
Crovetti said the team at MidAmerica Orthopaedics saw the need for immediate care in the Libertyville area and jumped to fill it.
“Family practice and internal medicine doctors have walk-in clinics once a week,” Dr. Crovetti said. “We’re lucky enough to be able to do this everyday and on Saturdays.”
MidAmerica already operates a similar center in south suburban Palos Hills and is looking at adding a third in the Schaumburg area early next year, Gomez said.