When it’s urgent

. September 6, 2012.

Every family at some time will face a medical emergency. From burns to sprains to fractures to nasty infections, there’s bound to be a moment when you need medical care, and need it now. You could go to the emergency room — but you could end up waiting for hours due to patients with much more severe problems. Sylvania Urgent Care, which opened five months ago under director Dr. Walid Mahmoud, aims to fill a gap in the system between family doctors and hospitals. Dr. Mahmoud is a board-certified emergency medicine specialist, and the Assistant Medical Director of UTMC’s department of emergency medicine. Sylvania Urgent Care features state-of-the-art technology like digital x-rays and ultrasound, and their fully electronic medical record system makes coordinating with primary care physicians easy. As the Sylvania area’s first urgent care facility, they’re winning over patients through word-of-mouth, treating them more efficiently and at lower cost than an ER. “Everybody wins,” Dr. Mahmoud says. “The patients, the insurance companies and the healthcare system. 4405 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd. 419-517-0146. www.sylvaniaurgentcare.com.