ISHPEMING — With the influx of diseases during the winter
season, one quick and accessible option to receive treatment is the Bell
Express Care Clinic.
The clinic provides services for
acute illnesses and injuries for patients of all ages and is conveniently open
daily from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on
Saturday and Sunday.
“This is a really good option when
people can’t see their primary provider,” said Ann Skewis, NP, at Bell Express
Care. “We work with their primary, so if they have providers here at Bell and
we have a question about a patient, we’re able to talk to their provider,
“We also share medical records, have everything they’ve been
diagnosed with before. Everything is in front of us.”
The familiarity within Bell helps Skewis and Jennifer
Gibbons, NP, diagnose those who visit the clinic. Another positive facet is the
quick admittance a patient can expect when going through Bell Express Care. You
can approach the clinic’s window and wait to be seen in the order of your
A typical visit lasts between 10-15 minutes, and if needed,
labs and x-rays will be conducted in order to find out the best course of care
for the patient. Unlike a full-body examination from a provider, the Bell
Express Clinic specializes in addressing the specific ailment the patient is
The conditions the clinic diagnoses
and treats include:
Cough, sore throat, fever
Runny nose, sinus
Earache, ear pressure
Pink eye and infections of the ears, nose and throat
Minor wounds, abrasions, and joint sprains
Skin conditions such as poison ivy and ringworm
For other more serious issues,
Skewis advises going to the emergency room.
“If you’re having chest pains or
shortness of breath, you have to go to the ER,” she said. “Or chronic issues
like if you’re having back pain for three months. We can start you out on an
x-ray, but that’s going to be something you have to follow up with your primary
“I always tell people the Express
Care is for people who feel sick for two weeks and want to check out what it
is, or just don’t feel good and want to make sure they don’t have the flu.”
The current season is the busiest
time for the clinic. With the spread of germs and sicknesses — especially in
schools — the clinic can see as many as 60 people in a day.
“The winter is the busiest time just
because of all the viruses that go around, just cold-type symptoms,” Skewis
said. “The summer we’re still here for our 10-hour shifts, but usually quite a
bit slower because there’s not as much illness. Kids aren’t in school so they
aren’t passing it around, and viruses usually hit us in the winter months.”
The clinic is available to everyone.
Skewis has seen anyone from newborns all the up to a 98-year old in the
“When you’re sick, you don’t feel like waiting three days to see your doctor. Then we’re a good option,” Skewis said.
Normal insurance charges apply. Talk to your insurer for more information. UPHS – Bell Express Care is available at 901 Lakeshore Dr., Ishpeming, MI 49849. For more information, call 906.486.4431 or visit www.bellhospital.org/our-services/walk-in-clinic.