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East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is expanding its presence into Sevier County with a new facility offering pediatric rehabilitation services and after-hour urgent care services on nights and weekends.

SEVIERVILLE — East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is expanding its pediatric services into Sevier County, opening the Sevier Outpatient Center on Monday, Feb. 1.

The center, located at 502 Winfield Dunn Parkway in Sevierville, will offer pediatric rehabilitation services during the day and pediatric, after-hours urgent care services on nights and weekends.

Matthew Blair, M.D., medical director for urgent care at Sevier Outpatient Center, is a board-certified pediatrician with experience in outpatient pediatrics and newborns.

“Opening a third location is the result of the high demand we’ve continued to see at our two Knoxville locations,” Blair said. “We are excited to bring our pediatric-focused approach to urgent care to the Sevier County community.”

The urgent care center, a partnership with TeamHealth, will provide immediate medical attention to children when pediatricians’ offices are typically closed.

Children, from birth to 21 years of age, will be treated for minor accidents or illnesses in a pediatric-centered, family-friendly environment.

The clinical team will work together with the child’s primary doctor, providing a treatment summary to the patient’s pediatrician within 24 hours of their visit to the urgent care center.

Urgent care hours for the Sevierville location are 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The facility will also have radiology available at the facility, which is separate from the urgent care and rehabilitation services.

“If a pediatrician or family practitioner wants an X-ray they can send them to us,” said Ron Phillips, chief nursing officer and Vice President of Patient Care at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

The Sevier County location will also serve as an outpatient rehabilitation clinic for children requiring physical, occupational and speech therapies, as referred by the patient’s primary care physician.

The rehabilitation center will be fully staffed with two physical therapists, three occupational therapists and three speech therapists. Currently, patients living in and around the Sevier County area have to travel to West or North Knoxville for these services from Children’s Hospital.

“It is such a huge advantage to them to be able to stay in the county and not have to drive so far,” Phillips said.

Phillips said they will be focusing their rehabilitation services toward younger children.

The rehabilitation side will also have a social worker and interpreter for those who do not speak English fluently.

“We know there are a lot of social needs that go unmet, especially in that birth to age 3 range,” Phillips noted.

Phillips said that both urgent care and rehabilitation have separate hours so that sick patients and those who are well but need rehabilitation services will not be mixed together.

In addition to different times, they will also be separated within the building itself as well, so if a patient for urgent care comes prior to urgent care hours they are not exposing a well child to a possible illness.

For more information visit www.childrens hospitalurgentcare.com.