Lifetime Health unit changes name

September 27, 2013 Updated May 19, 2010 at 6:59 AM EDT

By Business First of Buffalo - by David Bertola

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Lifetime Health unit changes name

September 27, 2013 Updated May 19, 2010 at 6:59 AM EDT

Lifetime Health Medical Group has changed the name of its four area after hours Urgent Care facilities to Urgent Care by Lifetime Health.

The name change was necessitated by an expansion of hours. Richard Dudrak II, medical director of Urgent Care by Lifetime Health, said

"After hours" no longer accurately describes the times that the facilities are open to the community.

"We used to be open weekdays from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and over the last year we have extended sites to open at noon on weekdays, and offer more coverage on weekends than we had in the past," he said.

The facilities provide same-day care for injuries and illnesses by appointment or walk-in.

Those who call ahead can talk to a nurse, who can help determine whether the injury is appropriate for urgent care or an emergency room. This way, if there is a wait, Dudrak said, the patient may be able to do stay home instead of sitting awhile in the waiting room.

Lifetime Health spokeswoman Stacy Sellka said a current ad campaign targeting cell phone users is running on WIVB-TV's Web site. She said it is geared toward getting people to save the urgent care phone numbers in their cell phone directories so it will be ready when they need it.

Urgent Care by Lifetime Health is offered at three of Lifetime Health's locations in the Buffalo area, and available Monday through Friday, from noon to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Patients may call 716-656-4040 for a same day appointment or to find out what time specific centers' hours are for walk-ins. Hours of operation are also posted on www.lifetimehealth.org..