Howard Young Offers New Urgent Care Service

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You can’t always plan when you need healthcare. Injuries and illness occur at the most inconvenient times when you are not able see your regular provider. With Urgent Care you still have access quality care when and where you need it.

Howard Young Medical Center, part of Aspirus Health, is now offering Urgent Care, providing timely treatment for non-life-threatening illness and injuries. Urgent Care is available without an appointment, seven days a week from 7:00 am – 8:00 pm at the Emergency entrance.

“We always want to do what is best for our patients and be here when they need us. When you suddenly need care, it can be very distressing.” said, Heong P'ng, MD, an Aspirus Emergency Department Physician and Medical Director of Emergency Services at Howard Young Medical Center.  “The Urgent Care option provides people with the assurance they can receive the health care they need when they just can’t wait.” 

It may be confusing whether to choose Urgent Care or an Emergency Department. Urgent Care is for problems that need to be treated right away but are non-life-threatening. This includes conditions such as allergies, pink eye, rashes, upper respiratory infections, strains and sprains, ear infections, insect bites, cuts, or other minor illnesses. Urgent Care can also perform minor procedures, provide basic lab tests and imaging to help provide an accurate diagnosis and determine proper treatment.

Injuries that require rapid or advanced treatment should be treated at an Emergency Room in a hospital setting where a higher level of care is available. When in doubt, do not hesitate to call 911, especially for suspected cases of stroke, heart attack or head trauma.

The benefits of Urgent Care extend beyond expanded access. Visitors to Urgent Care will typically have a shorter wait time than at an Emergency Room and will usually have a less expensive cost of visit with lower insurance co-pays.

“The addition of Urgent Care at Howard Young Medical Center shows a commitment by Aspirus to increase services and provide reliable care to our local community and the thousands of visitors that visit the Northwoods every year,” said Dr. P’ng. “It is a valuable extension of the emergency care Howard Young Medical Center has been proudly providing in the Northwoods for over 45 years”.

For more information about Urgent Care at Howard Young Medical Center, located at 240 Maple Street in Woodruff, visit