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Convenient care arrives in Sugar Grove

Gayle Merkel, RN and clinic manager, walks through the central area of the new Rush-Copley Convenient Care Center in Sugar Grove.
Gayle Merkel, RN and clinic manager, walks through the central area of the new Rush-Copley Convenient Care Center in Sugar Grove.

SUGAR GROVE – Stacey Merkel Puett said there were times when one of her children would get sick, and she would round up all of her kids, pack them into a vehicle and take them for a trip out of town, just for minor medical care.

That routine may be a thing of the past. The opening of Rush-Copley Convenient Care at 472 N. Route 47 in Sugar Grove will make things easier, Puett said. The center opened earlier this year.

“It’s across the street,” said Puett, joking that she’s “hoping not to visit” but that it’s a much better option for something minor such as an ear infection.

The center offers four treatment rooms, an X-ray room and a lab. A convenient care center provides treatment for conditions that need attention – less than what is provided by an emergency care center or a hospital, but more than what might be offered in a retail setting. Treatment for colds, the flu, infections, fever or broken bones are possible, and sports physicals can be performed there.

The center is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Staffing includes one doctor, a nurse and medical technicians. Four physicians rotate to provide coverage. Dr. Patrick Bilskey, a Sugar Grove resident who works at the center, said he has “always had an interest” in having a presence in the village. He has lived in Sugar Grove since 1991.

Village President Sean Michels and his opponent in the April election, Trustee Kevin Geary, hailed the center as a significant development in the village.

Michels said many from Sugar Grove had been heading to the Rush-Copley center in Yorkville for immediate care needs. And when the Yorkville facility became an emergency center, Sugar Grove was a natural fit. Michels said Rush-Copley officials realized that many customers were coming from Sugar Grove.

Michels called it “an exciting time for the village.”

“It’s huge,” Michels said. “It’s a great quality-of-life feature to add to the village.”

Geary called it “a fabulous facility.”

“Residents certainly will take advantage of that,” said Geary, who pointed out that residents have been flocking to a Walgreens store that opened recently in the town.

Puett said she is happy for the developments in Sugar Grove.

“I think any business in the village is needed, so it makes me happy,” she said. “It’s going to make my life much easier.”

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